The Poisoner’s Handbook: a PBS Special

poisoners_film_landing_datedIf you didn’t catch The Poisoner’s Handbook on your local PBS channel last week, consider hunting for it in On Demand or Netflix. It was an excellent, two-hour documentary that told the story of forensic medicine in the 1920s, complete with actors playing the parts of the main characters. images

“In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes committed with these materials lagged behind until 1918. New York City’s first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science and set the standards for the rest of the country.”07HANDBOOK2-master675

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