Poison, Detection and the Victorian Imagination
Poison, Detection and the Victorian Imagination

Poison, Detection and the Victorian Imagination

Burney, Ian A. / Burney

Editorial:
Manchester University Press (P648)
ISBN:
978-0-7190-8778-3
This fascinating book looks at the phenomenon of murder and poisoning in the nineteenth century. Focusing on the case of William Palmer, a medical doctor who in 1856 was convicted... Más información
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Editorial:
Manchester University Press (P648)
Encuadernación:
Tapa blanda o Bolsillo
Idioma de publicación :
Inglés
ISBN:
978-0-7190-8778-3
EAN:
9780719087783
Dimensiones:
2160 x 1400 mm.
Peso:
266 gramos
Nº páginas:
204
Fecha publicación :
30-03-2012
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    Sinopsis de: "Poison, Detection and the Victorian Imagination"

    This fascinating book looks at the phenomenon of murder and poisoning in the nineteenth century. Focusing on the case of William Palmer, a medical doctor who in 1856 was convicted of murder by poisoning, it examines how his case baffled toxicologists, doctors, detectives and judges. The investigation commences with an overview of the practice of toxicology in the Victorian era, and goes on to explore the demands imposed by legal testimony on scientific work to convict criminals. In addressing Palmer's trial, Burney focuses on the testimony of Albert Taylor, a leading expert on poisons, and integrates the medical, legal and literary evidence to make sense of the trial itself and the sinister place of poison in wider Victorian society. Ian Burney has produced an exemplary work of cultural history, mixing a keen understanding of the contemporary social and cultural landscape with the scientific and medical history of the period.

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