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The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York - Deborah Blum This was quite the read. Not only did I learn alot about different poisons, but also about the history of forensic medicine and Prohibition. Blum does a good job of following Norris and Gettler's careers as they fight to develop and establish forensic science in early 1900s in NYC. I found it interesting that in the first half we saw alot of cases in which the poisoner got away or how the innocent were acquitted. As the book went on (time passed and forensic science developed as well as gained credibility), we learned more about cases in which it was used to convict the guilty.

Overall it was compelling, educational and interesting.