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The Poisoner's Handbook

Season 26 Episode 1 | 1h 51m 47s

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In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products.

Aired: 01/07/14 | Expired: 01/08/17 | Rating: NR

For Season 26 of American Experience, exclusive corporate funding is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance, major funding by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS stations.

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