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Published: 14 September 2006

432 Pages

ISBN: 9780192806000

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The Elements of Murder

A History of Poison

John Emsley

Emsley offers here a fascinating account of five of the most toxic elements--arsenic, antimony, lead, mercury, and thallium--describing their lethal chemical properties and highlighting their use in some of the most famous murder cases in history. The author introduces us to a who's who of heartless murderers and examines many modern day environmental catastrophes, including accidental mass poisonings from lead and arsenic, and the Minamata Bay disaster in Japan. A leading science writer, famous for his knowledge of the elements and their curious and colorful histories, Emsley offers an enticing combination of true crime tales and curious science that adds up to an addictive read.

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