Acknowledgements

It is with heartfelt thanks that I acknowledge the support of the following friends and acquaintances for their help in writing this book. Some provided me with information I would not otherwise have had, some were prevailed upon to check that the contents of chapters were scientifically correct, and some were even prevailed upon to read the completed manuscript. In alphabetical order they are as follows:

Dr John Ashby, of Leek, Staffordshire, who works for the Central Toxicological Laboratories, Cheshire, checked the arsenic chapters and provided extra information about this element.

Dr Alan Bailey, of the Analytical Services Centre of the Forensic Science Service, London, vetted the chapters about thallium and checked the Glossary.

Thomas Bittinger, of the Marketing Division of Reckitt Benckiser, translated the paper concerning the poisoning of Pope Clement II.

Paul Board, of Fugro Robertson Ltd., Llandudno, provided material relating to the death of Mozart, and the murderess Zoora Shah, plus several other items. He also read the completed manuscript.

David Dickson, director of the Science and Development Network <www.scidev.net> brought to my notice the research that is being done to find an answer to the arsenic contamination of water supplies in Bangladesh and Bengal.

My wife, Joan Emsley, read the complete text and helped me clarify subjects where it appeared I was assuming the average reader would have a degree in chemistry.

Raymond Holland, of Bristol and Chairman of the Bristol & South West Section of the Society of Chemical Industry, reviewed the chapters on mercury and provided data on the use of mercury(II) chloride in timber preservation.

Steve Humphrey, of the Toxicology Department of the Forensic Science Service, London, read the chapters on arsenic. Dr Michael Krachler, of the University of Heidelberg, Germany, gave up-to-date advice on antimony analysis and checked the chapters on this element.

Professor Steve Ley and Rose Ley, of the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, read the complete text and made invaluable suggestions for improving it.

Sylvia Countess of Limerick CBE gave me a copy of the Expert Group to Investigate Cot Death Theories: Toxic Gas Hypothesis, which she chaired in 1988, and she also read the antimony sections of this book.

Professor William Shotyk, of Heidelberg University, provided information about antimony, and also checked the chapters on that element.

C. Harrison Townsend, of Vancouver, Canada, told me about the fur-trappers who were poisoned to death by snow.

Dr Michael Utidjian, of Wayne, New Jersey, provided lots of interesting items about arsenic and mercury.

Dr Trevor Watts, Head of Department of King's College Dental School, checked the section on dental amalgams.

Dick Braendle, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for information about the early use of TEL.

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