Forensic professionals, particularly medical examiners—often working through heavy caseloads—require quick and easy access to reliable sources of information to help interpret toxicology results. While several in-depth resources are available, they are often large, cumbersome, and contain more information than is often needed.
The Handbook of Forensic Toxicology for Medical Examiners is a concise handbook referencing the most common toxic substances and their reported non-toxic, toxic, and lethal concentrations, making it an ideal text for quick reference in the lab or autopsy room.
Features of the Second Edition:
- Explains the principles of postmortem toxicology and the factors which must be considered
- Provides tables of toxicologic data for over 200 commonly encountered substances, including drugs of abuse, poisons, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications
- Includes discussion and description of the novel psychoactive drugs—including synthetic opioids, cannabinoids, stimulants and hallucinogens
- Supplemental appendices provide additional information regarding specimen types and selection, testing methodologies, normal laboratory values, and conversion charts
The busy forensic professional needs a concise handbook that provides critical information quickly and accurately. This heavily referenced text offers an easy-to-use format allowing for rapid access for both routine daily use and preparation for courtroom testimony.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
1. How to Use This Book
2. Special Drug Groups
3. Specific Drugs (Alphabetical Listing)
Appendix A. Specimen Types and Collection
Appendix B. Common Methodologies
Appendix C. Normal Values Reference Charts
Appendix D. Conversion Chart
Dr. Kimberley Molina, after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics, obtained her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathology. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Bexar County, a position she has held since 2007. She is also an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathology at the UTHSCSA Medical School. She has written numerous articles and book chapters regarding the field of forensic pathology as well as the first edition of Handbook of FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY for MEDICAL EXAMINERS.
Dr. Veronica Hargrove obtained her PhD in Pharmacology from The University of Texas Health Science Center Graduate School in San Antonio. She currently serves as the Chief Toxicologist for the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office in San Antonio, Texas as well as holding an adjunct position with the School of Health Professions at The University of Texas Health Science Center. She has written numerous articles regarding the field of forensic toxicology and was a contributor on the first edition of Handbook of FORENSIC TOXICOLOGY for MEDICAL EXAMINERS.