The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition.

Health and medicine explained.
Feb. 19 2010 10:00 AM

The Chemist's War

The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

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Deborah Blum is a professor of science journalism at the University of Wisconsin and author of The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York.