Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Toxicology

1st Edition - January 2, 2018

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  • Editor: Max Houck
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128007464
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128008188

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Forensic Toxicology, the latest release in the Advanced Forensic Science Series that grew out of recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report, Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward will serve as a graduate level text for those studying and teaching forensic toxicology. It is also an excellent reference for the forensic practitioner’s library or for use in their casework. Coverage includes a wide variety of methods used, along with pharmacology and drugs and professional issues they may encounter. Edited by a world-renowned, leading forensic expert, this updated edition is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.

Key Features

  • Provides basic principles of forensic science and an overview of forensic toxicology
  • Contains information on a wide variety of methods
  • Covers pharmacology and drugs, matrices and interpretation
  • Includes a section on professional issues, such as crime scene to court, lab reports, health and safety, post-mortem and drug facilitated crimes
  • Incorporates effective pedagogy, key terms, review questions, discussion questions and additional reading suggestions


Graduate level forensic science students and educators, as well as entry level forensic professionals

Table of Contents

  • [All sections will include Review questions, Discussion questions and Additional reading section]

    Section 1. Introduction
    Principles of Forensic Sciences
    Forensic Classification of Evidence
    Interpretation/The Comparative Method
    Toxicology: History
    Toxicology: Overview and Applications
    Section 2. Methods
    Capillary Electrophoresis: Basic Principles
    Capillary Electrophoresis in Forensic Chemistry
    Chromatography: Basic Principles
    Liquid and Thin-Layer Chromatographic
    Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
    Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
    Nonchromatographic Separation Techniques
    Spectroscopic Techniques
    Spectroscopy: Basic Principles
    Section 3. Pharmacology and Drugs
    Analysis of Controlled Substances
    Designer Drugs
    Pharmacology and Mechanism of Action of Drugs
    Volatile Substances and Inhalants
    Alcohol Congeners and the Source of Ethanol
    Herbal psychoactive substances
    Herbal Medicines and Phytopharmaceuticals – contamination
    Section 4. Matrices

    Urine and Other Body Fluids
    Breath Alcohol
    Metabolites of Ethanol
    Oral Fluid
    Drugs in Hair
    Postmortem Blood
    Postmortem Specimens
    Behavioral Toxicology
    Stomach Contents Analysis
    Section 5. Interpretation
    Measurement Uncertainty
    Postmortem Toxicology: Artifacts
    Interpretation of Results
    Methods of Analysis-Initial Testing
    Methods of Analysis-Confirmatory Testing

    Section 6. Professional Issues
    From Crime Scene to Court
    Forensic Laboratory Reports
    Health and Safety
    Postmortem Specimens
    Drug Facilitated Crimes
    Drug-Impaired Driving
    Drug Screening in Sport

Product details

  • No. of pages: 418
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: January 2, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128007464
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128008188

About the Editor

Max Houck

Max Houck
Dr. Max M. Houck is an international forensic expert with over 25 years of experience. Houck has experience in the private sector, academia, local government, and worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory Division. He has worked as a forensic anthropologist, a trace evidence analyst, a researcher, and has managed millions of dollars in grants and awards. Most recently, he was the inaugural Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C., overseeing 150 employees and managing the forensic science laboratory, the public health laboratory, and crime scene sciences for the nation’s capital. Houck has worked on a number of mass casualty scenes, including the Branch Davidian Investigation and the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Widely published, Houck has dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and is the author and editor of numerous books. He is co-author of the best-selling Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Science of Crime Scenes, and Success with Expert Testimony, among others. He is the editor of the Advanced Forensic Science series of books. Houck is also founding co-editor of Forensic Science Policy and Management (the official journal of ASCLD), the only journal that addresses the management, policy, and administration of forensic science. Houck has served on numerous committees, including for the National Academies of Science, NIST, Interpol, The Royal Society, the Director of the FBI, and the White House. He is a popular public speaker and has given presentations at NASA, the Max Planck Institute, an Oxford Roundtable, as well as keynote talks at numerous international conferences. Houck has taught at several universities, including West Virginia University and University of Tampa. His research topics include management, leadership, and policy implications for forensic organizations. Houck has a Bachelors and Masters degree in anthropology from Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry Summa Cum Laude from Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice President, Forensic and Intelligence Services, LLC, Virginia, USA

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