King of Poisons by John Parascandola

King of Poisons A History of Arsenic Hardcover Oct 1 2012

By John Parascandola
Hardcover
$17.68 USD

For centuries, arsenic's image as a poison has been inextricably tied to images of foul play. Now, medical historian John Parascandola takes readers through the history of this deadly element in King of Poisons. From Dorothy Sayers to Gustave Flaubert, arsenic has long held a place in the literary realm as an instrument of murder and suicide. It was delightfully used as a source of comedy in the famous play Arsenic and Old Lace. But as Parascandola shows, arsenic has had a number of surprising real-world applications. For centuries, it was found in such common items as wallpaper, paint, cosmetics, and even candy, and its use in medical treatments was widespread. From murder to crime fiction, from industrial toxin to chemical warfare, arsenic remains a powerful force in modern life.

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Format
Hardcover
Publisher
Potomac Books Inc
Publication date
Oct 1 2012
Language
English
Pages
224
ISBN-13
9781597977036
ISBN-10
1597977039
Weight
454g
Dimensions
228.0mm x 152.0mm

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