Forensic Toxicology

Forensic Toxicology

Principles and Concepts

1st Edition - November 14, 2015

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  • Authors: Nicholas Lappas, Courtney Lappas
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004647
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999678

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 376
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2016
  • Published: November 14, 2015
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128004647
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780127999678

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

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