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Poison: A History & a Family Memoir
Gail Bell (au). In 1927, Dr. William Macbeth was accused of poisoning two of his sons. He never stood trial. His granddaughter, Gail Bell, the author, determined to discover how this “calm, warm, & caring” healer could become a cunning murderer. She eventually uncovered the dark secrets that her father had tried to hide from the world. At the same time, Bell explores what the crime of poisoning reveals about humanity, through the perspectives of myth, history, fictions, & the great poison trials. She revisits the cases of Cleopatra, Emma Bovary, Napoleon’s doctor, Harold Shipman, & Dr. Crippen. She chronicles the devastating effects of poison’s many forms, from hemlock & belladonna to arsenic & strychnine.
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