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American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook

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Rob Rapley

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About the Movie

From PBS and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: 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.


Customer Reviews

A Must See!

I happened to catch this great documentary on PBS and it is great! It is an informative and entertaining look at the rise of forensic medicine. Highly Recommend!!


I caught this on PBS and you will not believe the tie in to the corruption of the oil companies and the prohibition which was a total failure, a lie and actually was responsible for thousands of deaths. Birth of forensic scientists and the FDA. Say what you will about government regulation, this will open your eyes.

awesome documentary

Saw this in my forensics class. Amazing documentary!!

American Experience: The Poisoner's Handbook
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  • $5.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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