A is for Arsenic

Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons.

Author: Kathryn Harkup

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472911296

Category: Science

Page: 288

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Shortlisted for the BMA Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016 Fourteen novels. Fourteen poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up ... Agatha Christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries. It looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, the cases that may have inspired Christie, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the novel was written and today. A is for Arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime.


Chemist and Druggist

While the gas is still examination of wall - papers and fabrics for arsenic . Un coming off place a little solution of silver nitrate in B ; if happily the craze for art colours has helped to continue the there is arsenic in it the ...

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A Guide to Chemical Testing

DETECTION OF ARSENIC . 77 of strong nitric acid and evaporate to dryness . If the residue is not then light - colored add more acid and evaporate again to dryness . Mix with twice its bulk of sodic carbonate and some sodic nitrate and ...

Author: Jacob Brenneman Hough

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Category: Analytical chemistry

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Boston Medical and Surgical Journal

CONTRIBUTION TO THE STUDY OF THE tient's system in eleven weeks and five days , or ELIMINATION OF ARSENIC.1 eighty - two days , from the time of the last dose . Case III . This is a case of acute poisoning , the BY EDWARD S. WOOD ...

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Chemistry Inorganic and Organic

A Sy og + 6 Hy = zdote tato " H + H2O 6 시 3 242 MARSH'S TEST FOR ARSENIC . B 174. Arsenetted hydrogen , or hydric arsenide ( AsH , = 78 parts by weight = 2 vols . = } vol . As +3 vols . H ) .— The only compound of arsenic and hydrogen ...

Author: Charles Loudon Bloxam

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Dissertation Abstracts International

Carcinogenicity bioassays with arsenic in chemical mixtures. O'Brien, Wendy Alison Pott, Ph.D., Colorado State University, 2003. 253pp. Advisers: Raymond S. H. Yang; Stephen A. Benjamin Order Number DA3114691 Evidence from environmental ...

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