Emsley really did his research, this book overflows with details - both historical and technical.He seems like both a chemist and a historian, but unfortunately not a story teller.The prose is at times difficult to stay with, but fortunately this book doesn't need to be read in sequence.Each 'poison' gets its own section that really stands alone - Emsley never tries to tie any of them together other than the introductory chapter basically telling you that they're all bad and behind countless mysterious deaths over time - both high profile and banal.
One thing to remember about this book is that it's about poisonous ELEMENTS and not all poisons.So high profile poisons like cyanide or snake venom or other fast-acting poisons aren't discussed in this book.The elements Emsley describes all kill by slow accumulation that doctors almost always misdiagnosed.
The utter cluelessness of the doctors is staggering in this book.Throughout history they have consistently failed to diagnose poisonings on a regular basis.It was not until after most of the victims died that poisoning was diagnosed - always a little too late.
A weakness of the book was the Euro-centrism of the true crime stories.They almost always took place in England, or on rare occasions France or Germany.Maybe that's where poisonings were popular over the ages - but I think Emsley limited himself too much here (he is British after all).There were just a few stories that took place outside of Europe, such as rare cases in Japan or the US.
The book was well researched, but it was difficult to get engrossed in it.
Tags: download, john emsley, ebook, pdf, the elements of murder
- The Elements of Murder (John Emsley)
- 5 Elements 40 Success Secrets - 40 Most Asked Questions on 5 Elements - What You Need to Know (John Emsley)
- Children of the Elements Series Bundle (Children of the Elements, #1-5) (John Emsley)
- Murder! Murder! Burning Bright (George Rogers, #21) (John Emsley)
- 3 for Murder Box Set (Jim Richards Murder Novels books 1-3) (John Emsley)
- Murder on Parade (Murder, She Wrote, #29) (John Emsley)
- A Palette for Murder (Murder, She Wrote, #7) (John Emsley)
- The 4 Elements (What Do You Know About?, #4) (John Emsley)
- Four Elements (John Emsley)
- Elements (John Emsley)
- Trace Elements (John Emsley)
- Milton's Elements (John Emsley)
- Masters of the Elements (John Emsley)
- Elements of Unitarianism (John Emsley)
- Dangerous elements (John Emsley)
- Elements of the Soul (John Emsley)
- The Four Elements of Success (John Emsley)
- The Elements of Learning (John Emsley)
- Elements The Beginning (John Emsley)
- Elements of the Tarot (John Emsley)
- Carving the Elements (John Emsley)
- Elements of Literature 5 (John Emsley)
- Elements of Fiction (John Emsley)
- Elements of Literature (John Emsley)
- Elements of Land Law (John Emsley)
- The Elements of Content (John Emsley)
- Five Elements Anthology (John Emsley)
- Creative Elements (John Emsley)
- Mid-Pacific Elements (John Emsley)
- The Animals in Their Elements (John Emsley)
Download from partner sites
|the_elements_of_murder.pdf||5.8 Mb||Download PDF|
|the_elements_of_murder.zip||5.22 Mb||Download ZIP|
|the_elements_of_murder.torrent||0.18 Mb||Download from Torrent|