Seminars are often based on a book. In this seminar students research poisons, chemical formulas, and topics utilizing the text “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” by Pulitzer prize-winning author Deborah Blum. The science journalist makes science come alive in the book through the story of two forensic pioneers in early 20th-century New York. Blum follows the important trailblazing careers of Dr. Charles Norris, Manhattan's first trained chief medical examiner, and Alexander Gettler, its first toxicologist. This groundbreaking work was accomplished during both the "Jazz Age of New York" and the "Great Depression," which will be the artistic and historical focus of this seminar. There are dozens of competencies available in this seminar with the connections of history, science, and the arts embedded in this nonfiction work.