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By John Emsley

Molecules of homicide is set notorious murderers and recognized sufferers; approximately humans like Harold Shipman, Alexander Litvinenko, Adelaide Bartlett, and Georgi Markov. Few books on poisons examine those crimes from the point of view of the poison itself, doing so throws a brand new mild on how the murders or tried murders have been performed and eventually how the perpetrators have been exposed and taken to justice. half I comprises molecules which happen evidently and have been initially utilized by medical professionals sooner than changing into infamous as homicide guns. half II bargains with unnatural molecules, mostly man-made, they usually too were dangerously misused in well-known crimes. The ebook ends with the main well-known poisoning case lately, that of Alexander Litvinenko and his loss of life from polonium chloride. the 1st 1/2 every one bankruptcy begins by means of taking a look at the objective molecule itself, its discovery, its historical past, its chemistry, its use in medication, its toxicology, and its results at the human physique. the second one part then investigates a well-known homicide case and divulges the modus operandi of the poisoner and the way a few have been stuck, a few are nonetheless at huge, and a few actually bought away with homicide. Molecules of homicide will clarify how forensic chemists have constructed crafty how you can notice minute lines of harmful ingredients, and clarify why a few of these poisons, which look so life-threatening, at the moment are being researched as attainable life-savers. Award profitable technological know-how author John Emsley has assembled one other crew of actual crime and chemistry tales to rival these of his hugely acclaimed parts of Murder.

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