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Forensic Toxicology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780127999678, 9780128004647

Forensic Toxicology

1st Edition

Principles and Concepts

Authors: Nicholas Lappas Courtney Lappas
eBook ISBN: 9780128004647
Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999678
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th November 2015
Page Count: 376
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Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts takes the reader back to the origins of forensic toxicology providing an overview of the largely unchanging principles of the discipline. The text focuses on the major tenets in forensic toxicology, including an introduction to the discipline, fundamentals of forensic toxicology analysis, types of interpretations based on analytical forensic toxicology results, and reporting from the laboratory to the courtroom. Forensic Toxicology also contains appendices covering the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, immunology and immunological assays, toxicogenomics, and case studies.

Key Features

  • Significant emphasis on the fundamental principles and concepts of forensic toxicology
  • Provides students with an introduction to the core tenets of the discipline, focusing on the concepts, strategies, and methodologies utilized by professionals in the field
  • Coauthored by a forensic toxicologist with over 40 years of experience as a professor who has taught graduate courses in forensic and analytical toxicology and who has served as a consultant and expert witness in civil and criminal cases
  • The book's companion website, features exclusive web-based content


Upper level undergraduate and graduate students studying forensic toxicology and/or forensic chemistry, New scientists in forensic toxicology laboratories, including medical technologists and analytical chemists; reference material for practicing forensic toxicologists and expert witnesses called to testify

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Development of Forensic Toxicology
Chapter 2: The Duties and Responsibilities of Forensic Toxicologists
Chapter 3: Forensic Toxicology Resources
Chapter 4: The Laboratory
Chapter 5: Analytical Strategy
Chapter 6: Sample Handling
Chapter 7: Storage Stability of Analytes
Chapter 8: Analytical Samples
Chapter 9: Sample Preparation
Chapter 10: Methods of Detection, Identification and Quantitation
Chapter 11: Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Chapter 12: Types of Interpretations
Chapter 13: Reports
Chapter 14: Testifying

Appendix A: Principles of Pharmacokinetics
Appendix B: Principles of Pharmacodynamics
Appendix C: Immunoassays
Appendix D: Toxicogenomics
Appendix E: Famous Cases in Forensic Toxicology


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About the Authors

Nicholas Lappas

Dr. Nicholas T. Lappas, an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Forensic Sciences at the George Washington University, has extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in both the teaching and practice of forensic toxicology. In 1975, Dr. Lappas, was one of the first two full time faculty members appointed to the faculty of the Department of Forensic Sciences at the George Washington University. Prior to this appointment, he was a forensic toxicologist in the Allegheny Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At GWU, he developed the MFS program in forensic toxicology, through which he has mentored hundreds of students and taught several graduate courses, including Forensic Toxicology, Analytical Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Serology. Dr. Lappas’ research interests have been focused on the development of analytical toxicology methods and the evaluation of factors that influence the interpretation of analytical toxicology results. His professional activities include serving as a forensic toxicology consultant in more than 500 criminal and civil cases and as an expert witness in more than 100 cases.

Affiliations and Expertise

The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Courtney Lappas

Dr. Courtney Lappas, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Lebanon Valley College is a Molecular Pharmacologist who has extensive experience teaching and conducting biomedical research. Previously a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Lappas’ research interests focus on the utilization of novel pharmacological tools in the treatment and/or prevention of immunological pathologies. Dr. Lappas incorporates her experience in translational research into her teaching and mentoring in courses including Pharmacology, Immunology, Molecular Biology and Drugs and Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA, USA


"...the text certainly meets its aim and I would recommend students studying forensic toxicology to view this as a useful reference book." --Interfaces

"...a very useful reference for students, professionals, and instructors. It provides a synthesis of scientific and ethical methods as they apply to the field of forensic toxicology. This book appears to be unique in this regard. Score: 83 - 3 Stars" --Doody's

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