Introduces the burgeoning science of forensics in the early 1900s, the era of prohibition, and beyond. At one time, if you can believe it, coroners were paid by the body so they cared very little about the process of determining the cause of death and more about how quickly they would process the remains. Charles Norris, NY's first appointed chief medical officer was different, and set about improving his department, hiring on several distinguished scientists and chemists. Alexander Gettler, a Polish immigrant who came to the states at the age of 7, is described as the "father of forensic toxicology, was one.
They cover several interesting cases involving exposure to various poisons, lead, radium, carbon monoxide poisoning, the liquor distilled during the prohibition era, etc.