American Experience

The Poisoner's Handbook Chapter 1

Clip: Season 26 Episode 1 | 9m 1s

In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine included in everyday products. In New York City in the 1920s, medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science and set the standards for the rest of the country.

Aired: 01/07/14

Rating: NR

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