Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners

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    • Presents concise information in an easy reference format
    • Describes how to obtain and submit samples
    • Explains methods of analysis, including gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, immunoassay, and liquid chromatography
    • Provides hundreds of tables and data sets on substances causing toxicity that are commonly seen in forensic practice
    • Includes several appendices, including one on the latest issues in pharmacogenetics pertinent to forensic investigation


    Forensic professionals, often working through heavy caseloads, require quick and easy access to reliable sources of information to help interpret toxicology results. While several in-depth resources are available, they are often large, cumbersome, and contain more information than is needed. The Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners is a concise handbook referencing the most common toxic substances and their levels of toxicity, making it an ideal text for quick confirmation in the field or in the lab.

    The book begins by explaining the proper selection and submission of specimens for toxicological analysis. It describes the various types of specimens and identifies the cases for which these specimens would be most useful, providing instruction on proper collection. The author then explains the methodology involved in performing the specific tests.

    Nearly 300 Toxic Substances Discussed

    The main section of the text consists of an alphabetical listing of nearly 300 toxic substances, including drugs of abuse, poisons, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications. For each entry, the book provides the common brand names; classification; half life; volume of distribution; usual dosage; tables of toxicity in various samples, including blood, urine, and tissues; and other important information based on the extensive experience of the author. The text is heavily referenced with materials that are useful for preparation of courtroom testimony, and it contains supplemental appendices with information on acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, drugs that prolong the QT interval, pharmacogenetics, normal laboratory values, and conversion charts.

    Convenient Format

    The busy forensic professional needs a concise handbook that provides critical information quickly without the need to wade through extraneous and inconsequential material. This volume offers an easy-to-use format that allows quick access to the most pertinent information, saving time and increasing accuracy.

    Table of Contents

    Collection and Selection of Toxicologic Specimens

    Types of Specimens and Utility





    Tissue Specimens

    Stomach Contents


    Specimen Collection







    Labeling and Storage

    Selected Sources


    Screening Tests




    Confirmatory Tests

    Testing Panels

    Additional Testing

    Selected Sources

    Alphabetical Listing of Drugs



    Editorial Reviews

    The book is well organized and extremely easy to read. …this text has become a permanent fixture on my desk.

    Simon P. Avis, Memorial University, Canadian Science of Forensic Society Journal, Vol. 43, No. 1, March 2010

    This handbook offers an easy-to-use format that allows quick access to the most pertinent information, saving time and increasing accuracy. … This book is highly recommended to all forensic toxicologists and medical examiners. I for one would have it at my elbow always so I can fall back upon it, whenever I have to interpret any toxicological result that comes back from the laboratory.

    —Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology