By Peter Macinnis
A triumphantly poisonous tome. As a devoted Macinnis fan, I enjoy this newest reveal of erudition, story-telling and enjoyable. one in all his very best.'
Robyn Williams, Head, ABC technological know-how Unit
Was Abraham Lincoln fairly as mad as a hatter?
Who poisoned Phar Lap?
Can wallpaper quite kill?
Was Jack the Ripper an arsenic eater?
Painting a huge canvas, from the early Egyptians to the arsenical tube wells in Bangladesh and the Sarin fuel assaults in a Tokyo subway, The Killer Bean of Calabar explores the unintentional and intentional stories of toxins and their use all through history.
Historically tricky components to track, poisons were utilized by many for his or her personal dastardly reasons, from the good Poisoners corresponding to Nero and Madame de Brinvilliers to the mass gassings of worldwide warfare II.
But the really nice poisoners are those that make selective use of toxins to save lots of human lifestyles, now not the few who use poison to take human existence. many of the medicinal drugs we take are themselves poisons - healing purely by way of advantage of being extra lethal to our viruses than to us. Poisons are throughout us - from the crops in our gardens and lead in our houses, to the micro organism and pollutants in bodies.
With ripping yarns and weird perspectives of recognized humans, Macinnis explains the whys and wherefores of toxins and poisoning.