Speakeasy Science: An essential blog for all tox fanatics

February 20, 2012, 7:20 pm

One of my favorite blogs is Speakeasy Science, written by Deborah Blum as part of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) Blogs Network. Blum —  author of the fascinating history The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York  — posts mostly about toxicology history, and the interaction of toxins with culture and society. By her own description, Blum’s blog is “poison-obsessed”.

A fascinating recent post deals with the science of strychnine as manifested in Agatha Christie’s first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Other posts have discussed the toxicology of chocolate, the “Black Widow” arsenic killer Mary Ann Cotton, and “the pet poisoner next door“. Speakeasy Science is must reading for anyone interested in toxicology. To receive notification of new posts, follow the author on Twitter: @deborahblum.

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