Forensic Science, 2

  • Maciej Bogusz, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this volume is to present critical, up-to-date information on the separation methods and techniques applied in various disciplines of forensic science. The book cannot and should not replace a scientific paper in regard to the depth and coverage of a particular problem. It should, however, present the relevant problems in statu nascendi, showing their development, potential importance and future perspectives.
The general structure of this volume corresponds to the most important forensic disciplines that apply various separation methods, i.e. forensic toxicology, chemistry and serohematology. The chapters devoted to forensic toxicology are focused on particular groups of illicit and therapeutic drugs and other substances of forensic interest. Also, some particular problems of forensic toxicology, such as drugs and driving, doping control, quality assurance, chiral separation, use of alternative matrices and general analytical strategy, are separately discussed. In the part devoted to forensic chemistry, the most important problems of the analysis of explosives, arson accelerants and writing media are individually covered. The part concerning forensic identification of individuals and biological traces presents all of the relevant separation techniques applied to endogenous macromolecules.
The individual chapters have been written by scientists who not only carry out important scientific activity in their field, but are also known as very experienced forensic experts. Therefore, this volume gives not only the information about the application of separation methods in forensics, but also reflects the forensic community itself.
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For forensic scientists, and other colleagues interested in particular analytical aspects of substances or materials involved.


Book information

  • Published: November 2000
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-82998-6


All in all this book contains a lot of interesting information.
J.Beike, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEGAL MEDICINE, Volume 117, number 3, June , 2003

Table of Contents

Part I: Forensic Toxicology: Illicit Drugs. Opiate agonists (M.J. Bogusz). Introduction. Solid-phase extraction as a separation technique applied for isolation ofopiates from biosamples. Papaver somniferum as a source of opiates. Heroin and associated illicit opiate formulations. Morphine; therapeutic drug and heroin metabolite. Other opiate agonists. Concluding summary. Abbreviations. References. Current Methods for the Separation and Analysis of Cocaine Analytes (R.A. Jufer et al.). Introduction. Current methods for the determination of cocaine. Perspectives. List of abbreviations. References. Amphetamines (J.T. Cody). Introduction. Extraction. Derivatization. Gas chromatography. Liquid chromatography. Alternative techniques. Interpretation of analytical results. Conclusion. Abbreviations. References. Hallucinogens (J.T. Cody). Introduction. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Mescaline. Psilocybin. Phencyclidine (PCP). Conclusion. Abbreviations. References. Cannabinoids Analysis: Analytical Methods for Different Biological Specimens (M.A. ElSohly, M. Salem). Introduction. Analysis of cannabinoids in urine. Analysis of cannabinoids in blood. Analysis of cannabinoids in hair. Analysis of cannabinoids in meconium. Other biological specimens. Autopsy materials. Analysis of cannabinoids in crude cannabis preparations. Concluding remarks. References. Therapeutic Drugs. Sedatives and Hypnotics (T. Kraemer, H.H. Maurer). Introduction. Barbiturates. Benzodiazepines. Zopiclone and zolpidem. Diphenhydramine. Other sedatives and hypnotics. Concluding summary and perspectives. References. Antidepressants and Antipsychotics (D.R.A. Uges, J.M.H. Conemans). Introduction. Analytical techniques. HPLC chromatography. Gas chromatography. Thin-layer chromatography. Micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography (MECC or MEKC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Concluding remarks. List of abbreviations. Unlinked references. References. Non-Opioid Analgesics (T. Kraemer, H.H. Maurer). Introduction. Paracetamol. Acetylsalicylic acid. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Pyrazole derivatives. Concluding summary and perspectives. References. Other Therapeutic Drugs of Forensic Relevance (Cardiac Glycosides, Antiarrhythmics, Oral Antidiabetics and MuscleRelaxants) (W. E. Lambert, A.P. De Leenheer). Introduction. Cardiac glycosides. Antiarrhythmics. Oral antidiabetics. Muscle relaxants. Concluding summary. References. Other Topics. Enantioselective Liquid Chromatographic Analysis of Drugs inForensic Science (S.H.Y. Wong). Introduction - chiral pharmacology: basic principles and current understandings. Enantiomeric liquid chromatographic analysis. Validation of a chiral HPLC assay. Indirect approaches and column switching. Direct approaches - seven major types of chiral stationary phases: mechanisms of enantiomeric separations and examples. Guidelines for clinical chiral drug analysis. Conclusions. Dedication. Abbreviations. Acknowledgment. References. Environmental Poisons (Mushroom Toxins) (I. Ojanperä). General introduction. Introduction. Amatoxins. Orellanine. Other toxins. References. Environmental Poisons Toxins of Freshwater Cyanobacteria(Blue-Green Algae) (J. Meriluoto). Introduction. Microcystins and nodularins. Cylindrospermopsin. Anatoxin-a. Anatoxin-a(s). Saxitoxins and other PSP toxins. Concluding remarks. References. Pesticides (I. Ojanperä). Introduction. Screening for pesticides. Paraquat and diquat. Rodenticides. References. Analysis of Chemicals Related to the Chemical WeaponsConvention by GC (O. Kostiainen). Introduction. Chemical weapons. Sample preparation. Screening methods. Unequivocal identification. Quality control. General concluding remarks. Abbreviations. References. Drugs and Driving (R.A. Wennig, A. Verstraete). Introduction. Legal issues. Surveys that screened for several compounds. Surveys considering only one or two compounds. Case reports. Performance testing. Analytical toxicology. Analytical toxicology of methods specific for one or several drugs. Alternative matrices. Quality assurance. Pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, interpretation. Concluding remarks. References. Unconventional Samples and Alternative Matrices (P. Kintz, N. Samyn). Introduction. Saliva. Sweat. Meconium. Hair. General conclusion. List of abbreviations. References. Aspects of Quality Assurance in Forensic Toxicology (R.E. Aderjan). Introduction. A quality concept for analytical toxicological laboratories. Quality of the outcome. Conclusions. References. Doping Substances in Human and Animal Sport (J. Segura et al.). Introduction. Anabolic androgenic steroids. Stimulants. Diuretics. &bgr;-Adrenergic drugs (rm&bgr;-blockers and &bgr;-agonists). Peptide hormones. Antiinflammatory drugs. Legal aspects. List of abbreviations. References. 'General Unknown' Analysis (R.A. de Zeeuw, J.P. Franke). Introduction. Key steps in STA. 3 Sample work-up. Differentiation and detection. Identification. Conclusions. References. Part II: Forensic Chemistry. Explosives (J. Yinon). Introduction. Extraction and clean-up procedures. Analytical methods. Concluding summary. References. The Chemical Analysis of Fire Debris for Potential Accelerants (W. Bertsch, Q. Ren). The nature of arson. The fire scene. Prospects and limitations of chemical analysis. Laboratory procedures. Current practices of forensic laboratories around the world. Conclusions and future developments. References. Writing Media and Documents (V.N. Aginsky). Paper chromatography and electrophoresis. Thin-layer chromatography. TLC and ink dating. Gas chromatography, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. GC, GC-MS and ink dating. Pyrolysis gas chromatography. High performance liquid chromatography. Capillary electrophoresis. References. Part III: Forensic Identification of Individuals and Biological Traces. Forensic Identification of Individuals and Biological Traces - Forensic Genetics: From Classical Serological Genetic Markersto DNA Polymorphisms Analyzed by Microarray Technology (A. Carracedo, P. Sánchez-Diz). Introduction. Analysis of minisatellites using multi-locus and single-locus probes. PCR-based DNA systems: analysis of STRs. Standardization efforts and the value of the DNA evidence. References. Forensic Identification of Individuals and Biological Traces - Mitochondrial DNA in Forensic Genetics (M.V. Lareu, A. Salas). Introduction. Forensic applications. Mutation rate. Heteroplasmy. Homopolymeric tracts. Technical approach. Validation of mitochondrial DNA in forensic genetics and the statistical approach. Anthropological applications. References. Forensic Identification of Individuals and Biological Traces - The Human Y-Chromosome; Male-specific Polymorphisms and Forensic Genetics (L. Gusmao et al.). Introduction. Inheritance properties of the Y-chromosome. Forensic application of Y-chromosome-specific markers. Y-chromosome-specific polymorphisms. Population genetics of Y-specific STRs. References.