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Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons (1990)

by Serita Deborah Stevens, Anne Klarner

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Depite having taken numerous classes in toxicology, this book helped me more when trying to write about poisons when writing short stories. It describes how the poisons work, how fast-acting they are, what forms they take-generally, everything a frustrated mystery wanna-be writer could need. -I didn't do any fact-checking in this book, though, so you might want to cross-check the information given in a toxicology book just to CYA. ( )
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Dedicated to:
Al and Frances Mendelson for encouraging me to attend nursing school even though I wanted to write
Gary Klarner for putting up with everything
Special Thanks to:
Anthony S. Manoguerra, Pharm. D., Director, San Diego Regional Poison Center for his help in reading our material and his invaluable suggestions
and to:
Marina Stajic, Ph.d., whose expertise helped this to be a better book
Mary Mullane, mycologist, for her work on the mushrooms chapter
to: Barbara Evans,
Poisonous Plants, the Deadly Deception, Pictorial Histories for her assistance with the plant chapter
Rayanne Moore for her invaluable help
Special Acknowledgement to:
Joyce Madison, SoCal MWA Chapter President/Regional Vice-President 1987-1988 for bringing us together and her assistance throughout the whole book
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All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.

-- Paracelsus, 1493-1541
Poisoning is a serious business.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0898793718, Paperback)

Never before has such specialized information been so thoroughly compiled and easily accessible to writers! Each book is written by a professional in their respective field, providing the inside details that writers need to weave a credible -- and salable -- story.

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Discover Deadly Doses to Kill Off Characters The readers of your crime and mystery stories should be trying to figure out "whodunit"--not wondering why your facts don't make sense. If you want to kill off characters with something poisonous, you need to know how a villain would gain access to such a poison, how it would be administered, and what the effects on the victim would be. Book of Poisons can help you figure out all of the details of proper poisoning. This thorough guide catalogs the classic poisons, household poisons, poisonous animals and plants, poisons used in wars, and more. With information on toxicity, reaction time, effects and symptoms, and antidotes and treatments, you'll know exactly what your villain needs to succeed and exactly what could foil his plans. You'll also find: information about how real toxicologists uncover poisoning crimes; a history of famous poisoners; advice on how you can create your own fictional poison; case histories that give examples of when the poisons listed were used in literature, movies, and real life. With alphabetical organization and appendices that cross-reference by symptoms, form, administration, and other methods, you'll be able to find the perfect poisons to fit your plot. Plus, a glossary of medical terms makes decoding symptoms and treatments easy for the writer with no medical background. Book of Poisons is the comprehensive reference you need to create deaths by poison without stopping readers dead in their tracks over misguided facts.… (more)

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