PBS’s documentary The Poisoner’s Handbook

PBS’s documentary The Poisoner’s Handbook traces the history of how forensic science was introduced into the courtroom. The film focuses on the pioneering work of two doctors—Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler. In 1918, Charles Norris became New York City’s first Chief Medical Examiner, and he created the first toxicology lab in the country. Toxicologist Alexander Gettler headed that lab.

Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler in their lab. Photo courtesy of Dorothea Atzl

For the first time science was introduced into the criminal justice system to help solve crimes. You can watch this excellent documentary at http://goo.gl/fFbvv7 and learn more at http://goo.gl/UVdtm5.

About Tina Nelson
Tina Nelson

Tina Nelson is an attorney and mom. She created the LAWSUIT™ board game to teach her three children about the law. The game was an instant success. Copyrights and a patent were obtained, and Professional Games, Inc. was born. Professional Games, Inc. created this blog to educate and keep its friends and customers regularly updated about our American legal system.
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