Poison: A Social History (BOK)

Joel Levy

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From Greek philosophers to former Russian spies, the use of poison as a means of ending a life - whether through assassination, murder, suicide, or execution - has a history stretching back over 2,000 years. Even before Socrates accepted his fate by drinking hemlock, countless people must have died as a result of ingesting naturally occurring poisons. And yet poisonous materials often also have beneficial properties: hydrogen fluoride, for example, is highly toxic to humans, but is also a vital component in the production of herbicides, pharmaceuticals, and fluorescent light bulbs. "Poison: a Social History" explores the nature of toxicity and reveals how poison has played a crucial and often unheralded role - for good and for bad - in human history. As well as examining a range of poisonous materials, it also contains case studies of famous, and infamous, poisonings.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2011 Forfatter Joel Levy
The History Press
ISBN 9780752455471
Antall sider 224 Dimensjoner 14cm x 21cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 224 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Social & cultural history