Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators

David J. George

October 12, 2017 by Auerbach Publications
Reference - 386 Pages
ISBN 9781498703826 - CAT# K24684


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  • Employs a rapid fire style to keep topics moving while providing a wealth of relevant information
  • Includes numerous cases of celebrity poisonings as well as interesting and unique cases, both accidental and intentional
  • Discusses poisons in layman's terms, introducing the chemistry and telltale markers without excessive technical language
  • Includes illicit and prescription drugs, drug tampering, pesticides, carbon monoxide poisoning and more
  • Focuses on topics of forensic implications and with an eye to the investigative angle


A unique book on recognition and investigation

of criminal poisoning for investigators

of all backgrounds and stages of their careers.

Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators is a concise yet comprehensive overview of toxicants and unanticipated circumstances in which poisoning occurs. This book expands awareness of poisoning possibilities, heightens recognition of the toxic potential of many substances, and provides information to aid in focusing investigations.

Poisons discusses life-threatening toxic substances and agents that modify behavior to achieve criminal goals. These include drugs that facilitate sexual assaults and robberies, and those found in medical child abuse and drug-product tampering.

More than 230 case studies illustrate both unintentional and intentional poisoning and highlight situations where poisoning may not immediately be apparent. Information is included in pertinent criminal poisoning cases to illustrate the temperament of poisoners, their relationship to victims, their basis for poison selection, and their method of administration.

Since Poisons is written by a single author, the discussions, format, educational level, and terminology remain consistent to aid crime scene investigators, homicide detectives, forensic scientists, death investigators, toxicologists, medical examiners, attorneys, and students. The book's more than 650 references are an asset to frame knowledge as well as a resource to return to again and again.


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