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Title Postmortem toxicology of abused drugs / edited by Steven B. Karch
Published Boca Raton : CRC Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (200 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction to postmortem toxicology / W. Lee Hearn and H. Chip Walls -- Specimen selection, collection, preservation, and security / Bradford R. Hepler and Daniel S. Isenschmid -- Common methods in postmortem toxicology / W. Lee Hearn and H. Chip Walls -- Strategies for postmortem toxicology investigation / edited and revised by Henrik Druid -- Quality assurance in postmortem toxicology / Wilmo Andollo -- Interpretation of postmortem drug levels / Graham R. Jones
Summary "Postmortem Toxicology of Abused Drugs" considers the role of toxicology in the investigation of homicide, suicide, accident, natural death, and overdose. It gives practical insights and case reviews on conducting toxicology tests and completing toxicology reports. It explains: chain of custody; specimen collection and security; sampling of blood, urine, bile, and vitreous humor; and, the selection of post-mortem specimens. Analyzing various testing procedures, the book covers simple chemical tests, microdiffusion tests, chromatography, spectroscopy, and more. It also discusses methods and strategies for analysis and covers quality assurance protocols and controls. To help avoid common pitfalls, the text demonstrates the proper interpretation of postmortem drug levels based on: knowledge of pharmacokinetics, metabolism, and pharmacogenetics; post-mortem redistribution and diffusion; and other considerations such as synergistic toxicity, and drug instability. Heavily referenced and containing several tables, figures, and useful appendices, this book is a handy reference for forensic scientists and medical examiners involved with death investigation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Autopsy -- methods
Forensic Toxicology -- methods
Illicit Drugs -- poisoning
Street Drugs -- toxicity
Drugs of abuse -- Toxicology
Forensic toxicology
Forensic toxicology.
MEDICAL -- Forensic Medicine.
Form Electronic book
Author Karch, Steven B.
ISBN 1281122807