Forensic Toxicology: Medico-Legal Case Studies, 1st Edition

  • Kalipatnapu N. Rao
  • Published By: CRC Press
  • ISBN-10: 1439866821
  • ISBN-13: 9781439866825
  • DDC: 614.13
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released February 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Modern technology using state-of-the-art equipment can now identify almost any toxin relevant to a legal issue. Techniques include gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, high-pressure liquid chromatography, and the combination of these methods. Forensic Toxicology: Medico-legal Case Studies demonstrates how the science of forensic toxicology acts as a bridge between medicine and law. Tracking the progression of toxicology findings from the laboratory to the courtroom, it prepares practicing toxicologists to write reports and testify at depositions and in court.

The book explains the organization of clinical laboratories and includes sections on accreditation, quality control, method validation, and other critical topics. It provides an overview of the U.S. legal system, describes the process of writing a toxicology report, and offers techniques for deposition and courtroom testimony.

Written in an accessible and well-organized style, this volume is an essential guide for forensic toxicologists at all levels who need to understand how to best present the science of toxicology in the forensic arena.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
The Author.
1: Historical Perspectives in Toxicology.
2: Organization of the Clinical Toxicology Laboratory.
3: Unexpected and Unusual Results; Unusual Requests.
4: Serum/Blood Ethanol.
5: Ethylene Glycol.
6: Drug Screens.
7: Plant Toxins.
8: Animal Toxins.
9: U.S. Legal System.
10: Toxicology Report.
11: Deposition Testimony.
12: Court Testimony.
13: Alcohol Intoxication.
14: False-Positive Blood Alcohol.
15: Alcohol and Drugs.
16: Breathalyzer Tests.
17: Dram Shop Liability.
18: Test for Recent Alcohol Use.
19: Drug Overdose.
20: Toxic Torts.
21: Workers' Compensation.