The Power of Poison: Exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History
Virtually explore the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition on the history of poison.
The Roaring Twenties: an interactive exploration of the historical soundscape of NYC
Ever wondered what New York City sounded like in the 1920s? A radio host from the 1920s stuck his microphone out the window to do just that. Listen here and explore more about the ‘roaring’ decade in the big city.
NPR: Science Friday, Interview with Deborah Blum
NPR segment with an interview with Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner's Handbook
Interested in learning more about poisoned alcohol and Prohibition? Watch Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s PBS documentary Prohibition and learn more about the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment in the United States.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website with tips on preventing unintentional poisoning.
Deborah Blum on Wired.com
Visit Deborah Blum’s author page on Wired.com. Read her articles about chemistry, current events, and the intersection of science and society.
Blum, Deborah. The Poisoner’s Handbook. (New York: Penguin Books, 2010)
Clark, Claudia. Radium Girls: Women and Industrial Health Reform, 1910-1935. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1997)
Evans, Colin. Blood on the Table: The Greatest Cases of New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. (New York: Penguin Group, 2008)
Gettler, Alexander O. and Henry C. Freimuth, “Carbon Monoxide in Blood: A Simple and Rapid Estimation,” American Journal of Clinical Pathology, September 1943.
Gettler, Alexander. “Critical Study of the Methods for the Detection of Methyl Alcohol,” The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 1920.
Gettler, A.O. and A.V. St. George “Cyanide Poisoning,” American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 4 (Sept. 1934).
Gettler, Alexander O. and Louis Weiss, “Thallium Poisoning: I - The Detection of Thallium in Biologic Material,” in the the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Vol. 13 1943 pp. 322 – 326.
Gettler, Alexander O. and Louis Weiss, “Thallium Poisoning: II - The Quantitative Determination of Thallium in Biologic Material,” in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Vol. 13 1943 pp. 368-377.
Gettler, Alexander O. and Louis Weiss, “Thallium Poisoning: III – Clinical Toxicology of Thallium,” in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Vol. 13 1943 pp. 422-429.
Gettler, Alexander, “The Historical Development of Toxicology,” Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1953.
Gettler, Alexander O. and Charles Norris. "Poisoning by Tetra-ethyl Lead: Postmortem and Chemical Findings." Journal of the American Medical Association, 8 (1925).
Gettler, Alexander O., A.V. St. George, and Ralph Muller. “Radioactive Substances in a Body Five Years After Death,” Archives of Pathology, v. 7 (1929), pp. 397-405.
Gettler, A.O. and A.V. St. George, “Wood Alcohol Poisoning,” Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan 19, 1918.
Killagen, Dorothy. Murder One. (New York: Random House, 1967)
Kitman, Jamie Lincoln. “The Secret History of Lead,” The Nation, March 2, 2000.
Lerner, Michael. Dry Manhattan: Prohibition I New York City. (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007).
Mokyr, Joel. The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990)
Mullner, Ross. Deadly Glow: The Radium Dial Worker Tragedy. (Washington: American Public Health Association, 1999)
Pearce, J.M.S. "Burton’s Line in Lead Poisoning," European Neurology 2007; 57: 118–119.
Radin, Edward D. Twelve Against Crime. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1950)
Read, Simon. On the House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy. (New York, Berklley Books, 2005)
Robert, Joseph C. Ethyl: A History of the Corporation and the People Who Made It. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983)
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