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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rachelle A Travers, B.A. Molecular Biology(Oregon State University)
Description: This book discusses the history of poisoners and details potential profile information for investigators. The author provides an update to the 2000 edition, including new information based on recent findings.
Purpose: It compiles historical and recent poisoning cases with the intent of informing investigators and law enforcement officers about potential clues for recognizing and solving poisoning cases. The author identifies both physical and toxicological clues that can be used to further investigative methods.
Audience: The intended audience is stated in the title, but it appears that the book is directed more at the lay readers than the scientific readers.
Features: This book contains a historical snapshot of poisoners and their psychological profiles through time. The author addresses victim and poisoner types and scenarios. He explores relatively few toxins and concentrates on the single endpoint of mortality, rather than chronic poisonings and their effects. The index is complete and the chapters engage readers with clear language and pictures.
Assessment: This would work well as a supplemental text for criminal law students just beginning their studies. Although very interesting in nature, this title does not go far enough into profiling or identifying or the legalities of prosecution.