By Peter Macinnis
A triumphantly poisonous tome. As a committed Macinnis fan, I take pleasure in this newest reveal of erudition, story-telling and enjoyable. one among 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 fairly kill?
Was Jack the Ripper an arsenic eater?
Painting a extensive canvas, from the early Egyptians to the arsenical tube wells in Bangladesh and the Sarin gasoline assaults in a Tokyo subway, The Killer Bean of Calabar explores the unintended 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 nice Poisoners comparable to Nero and Madame de Brinvilliers to the mass gassings of worldwide warfare II.
But the actually nice poisoners are those that make selective use of toxins to save lots of human lifestyles, no longer the few who use poison to take human existence. lots of the drugs we take are themselves poisons - healing basically via 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.