4th Edition

Karch's Pathology of Drug Abuse

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ISBN 9780849378805
Published December 15, 2008 by CRC Press
736 Pages - 171 Color & 100 B/W Illustrations

USD $174.95

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Book Description

Written for practitioners in the field, this critically acclaimed bestseller provides authoritative information focused on the investigation of drug-related deaths and practical approaches to the detection of drug abuse. Organized to provide forensic investigators and pathologists with ready access to the authoritative and comprehensive information they need, Karch’s Pathology of Drug Abuse, Fourth Edition includes—

•          171 new color photos and microphotographs

•          46 tables of comparative information

•          2,000 new references to the literature

Authored by a World-Renowned Forensic Pathologist

Steven B. Karch is a fellow in several forensic and

toxicological societies and has served many years as consultant

to both the legal community and the pharmaceutical

industry in the United States and the United Kingdom.

His bestselling resources can be found on the bookshelves

of forensic experts and pathologists across the world. They

include the classic Drug Abuse Handbook, and A Brief

History of Cocaine, both in their second editions, available

from CRC Press.

Table of Contents


Natural Stimulants

Synthetic Stimulants


Opiates and Opiods

Dissociative Anesthetics

Anabolic Steroids



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"… the best and most readable book I have seen on the subject … ."
—Jason Payne-James in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine

"… truly comprehensive and useful ... ."
Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

"… the best work ever written on drug abuse."
—Charles L. Winek, Toxicology editor, Forensic Science International

"This edition is significant in the sense that it adds to the knowledge of drug abuse which has come to us as a result of our mastering of DNA technology and molecular biology. … This book should be very useful to forensic toxicologists, forensic pathologists, medical examiners and law enforcement officers."
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology