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The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play, James C. Whorton

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The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play
Title
The arsenic century
Title remainder
how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play
Statement of responsibility
James C. Whorton
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Arsenic is rightly infamous as the poison of choice for Victorian murderers. Yet the great majority of fatalities from arsenic in the nineteenth century came not from intentional poisoning, but from accident." "Kept in many homes for the purpose of poisoning rats, the white powder was easily mistaken for sugar or flour and often incorporated into the family dinner. It was also widely present in green dyes, used to tint everything from candles and candies to curtains, wallpaper, and clothing (it was arsenic in old lace that was the danger). Whether at home amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, at work manufacturing these products, or at play swirling about the papered, curtained ballroom in arsenical gowns and gloves, no one was beyond the poison's reach." "Drawing on the medical, legal, and popular literature of the time, The Arsenic Century paints a vivid picture of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian daily life, weaving together the history of its emergence as a nearly inescapable household hazard with the sordid story of its frequent employment as a tool of murder and suicide. And ultimately, as the final chapter suggests, arsenic in Victorian Britain was very much the pilot episode for a series of environmental poisoning dramas that grew ever more common during the twentieth century and still has no end in sight."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
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Whorton, James C.
Dewey number
669.75094109034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA1231.A7
LC item number
W46 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2010 H-544
  • QV 294
NLM item number
W628a 2010
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  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic Poisoning
  • History, 19th Century
  • United Kingdom
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The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play, James C. Whorton
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-403) and index
Contents
  • Physician-assisted poisoning
  • 'A very wholesome poison'
  • Poison in the factory and on the farm
  • 'Dangers that lie wait in the pint-pot'
  • 'Such an instrument of death and agony'
  • 'A new race of poisoners'
  • A new breed of detectives
  • 'The chief terror of poisoners'
  • A penn'orth of poison
  • 'Sugared death'
  • 'The hue of death, the tint of the grave'
  • Walls of death
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xxi, 412 p.
Isbn
9780199574704
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009939961
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 2516476
  • (OCoLC)ocn444383899
  • (OCoLC)444383899
  • 2516476
Label
The arsenic century : how Victorian Britain was poisoned at home, work, and play, James C. Whorton
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [365]-403) and index
Contents
  • Physician-assisted poisoning
  • 'A very wholesome poison'
  • Poison in the factory and on the farm
  • 'Dangers that lie wait in the pint-pot'
  • 'Such an instrument of death and agony'
  • 'A new race of poisoners'
  • A new breed of detectives
  • 'The chief terror of poisoners'
  • A penn'orth of poison
  • 'Sugared death'
  • 'The hue of death, the tint of the grave'
  • Walls of death
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
xxi, 412 p.
Isbn
9780199574704
Isbn Type
(hbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009939961
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 2516476
  • (OCoLC)ocn444383899
  • (OCoLC)444383899
  • 2516476

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