Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Toxicology

Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the Chemical Defence Establishment, Porton Down, 29-30 June 1972

1st Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Editor: Bryan Ballantyne
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183374

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Forensic Toxicology presents the legal and medical aspects of the detrimental effects of chemicals on humans. This book discusses the immediate and long-term consequences of accident or deliberate poisoning, the detection of such poisoning, and the interpretation of the possible importance of demonstrating exogenous substances in biological fluids and tissues. Organized into 14 chapters, this compilation of papers begins with an overview of the fundamental procedure and interpretation in forensic toxicology. This text then examines the ways in which enzymes may be used in the analysis of drugs. Other chapters consider the equipment and reagents required in the rapid tests for drugs in urine. This book presents as well barbiturate poisoning from the viewpoint of the forensic pathologist performing the post mortem over the cause of death. The final chapter deals with further advances in forensic toxicology. This book is a valuable resource for general practitioners, forensic toxicologists, forensic pathologists, and police officers.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Methodology and Interpretation in Forensic Toxicology

    The Use of Enzymes in the Detection of Drugs

    Rapid Tests for Drugs in Urine

    Post-Mortem Diagnosis of Barbiturate Poisoning

    Post-Mortem Morphine and Methadone Levels


    Anticholinesterases: Some Problems in Understanding Their Effects in Whole Animals

    Paraquat Poisoning

    The Forensic Diagnosis of Acute Cyanide Poisoning

    Interpretation of Carbon Monoxide Levels Found at Post-Mortem

    Clinical and Biochemical Effects of Lead

    Screening for Lead Absorption

    The Comparative Toxicity of Mercury Compounds

    The Future for Forensic Toxicology


Product details

  • No. of pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1988
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483183374

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Bryan Ballantyne

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