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An Introduction for Forensic Investigators, 1st Edition

By David J. George

CRC Press

386 pages

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A unique book on recognition and investigation

of criminal poisoning for investigators

of all backgrounds and stages of their careers.

Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators is a concise yet comprehensive overview of toxicants and unanticipated circumstances in which poisoning occurs. This book expands awareness of poisoning possibilities, heightens recognition of the toxic potential of many substances, and provides information to aid in focusing investigations.

Poisons discusses life-threatening toxic substances and agents that modify behavior to achieve criminal goals. These include drugs that facilitate sexual assaults and robberies, and those found in medical child abuse and drug-product tampering.

More than 230 case studies illustrate both unintentional and intentional poisoning and highlight situations where poisoning may not immediately be apparent. Information is included in pertinent criminal poisoning cases to illustrate the temperament of poisoners, their relationship to victims, their basis for poison selection, and their method of administration.

Since Poisons is written by a single author, the discussions, format, educational level, and terminology remain consistent to aid crime scene investigators, homicide detectives, forensic scientists, death investigators, toxicologists, medical examiners, attorneys, and students. The book's more than 650 references are an asset to frame knowledge as well as a resource to return to again and again.


"A straightforward, concise overview of poisons and poisonings … the author does an excellent job presenting complex toxicological principles in a manner that provides enough background information to gain a general understanding of the toxicology, clinical manifestations of certain toxicants, and situations that surround poisons and poisonings. A great supplemental resource for forensic investigators … [and] a broader range of readers including forensic science students, toxicologists, and other professionals involved in medicolegal death investigations."—Journal of Forensic Sciences, November 2018

"Debut author George presents an in-depth book on poisons. [While] technical terms occur throughout, … the text is still highly readable for the layperson. For those who have given little thought to the many noxious substances around them, the book serves as an eye opener. Provides a highly informative … look at the world of harmful substances." —Kirkus Review, July 2018

"Poisons: An Introduction for Forensic Investigators by David J. George, PhD is a fascinating and approachable text that uses a primarily case-based approach to raise awareness of the expansive scope of poisoning. While, primarily, for the forensic toxicologist and criminal investigator it will be of interest to all types of toxicologists and other medical specialists that may take care of a poisoned patient or include poisoning in a differential diagnosis … a fascinating and well-written introductory text on poisoning and poisoning investigation."—Journal of Clinical Toxicology, February 2019

"Overall, this book is a comprehensive resource for law enforcement, crime scene investigators, forensic scientists, and others who are interested in learning more about poisons and their effects on the human body. Dr. George offers a clear and concise view of this subject matter taken from his years of experience in the field. The writing style of the author engages readers of various backgrounds, and the book provides an exceptional introduction … an informative read."—Forensic Science Review, July 2018

"Dr. George has written Poisons in a manner which will appeal to professionals in the field of pharmacology and forensic science and investigation, and to be accessible and engaging for those with no toxicology or science-based background. If you have a curiosity about poisons, their mechanisms and dangers, and the cases in which they have been used … Poisons should be your first port of call. An excellent informative read which will educate regardless of your current level of knowledge on the subject of poisons."—Fiona Guy, Crime Traveller

Table of Contents

Part I. Poison

1. Poison and Poisoning

2. Poison Exposure

3. Poison Absorption

4. Poison Biodisposition

5. Poison Detection

6. Poisoning Treatment

Part II. Potential Poisons

7. Arsenic

8. Carbon Monoxide

9. Cyanide

10. Ethylene Glycol

11. Nicotine

12. Strychnine

13. Thallium

14. Aspirin

15. Acetaminophen

16. Alcohol

17. Opioids

18. Antidepressants

19. Benzodiazepines

20. Stimulants

21. Emerging Recreational Psychotropics

22. Food Poisoning

23. Plants and Mushrooms

24. Pesticides

Part III. Poisoning

25. Accidental Poisoning

26. Suicidal Poisoning

27. Homicidal Poisoning

28. Poisonous Women

29. Healthcare Serial Poisoners

30. Hospitalized Patients Poisoned by Visitors

31. Medical Child Abuse and Homicide

32. Drug Abuse Fatalities

33. Celebrity Drug Deaths

34. Drug-Facilitated Crimes

35. Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault

36. Drug Product Tampering

37. Assassination

38. Multiple Victim Poisonings


About the Author

David J. George, Ph.D. is a clinical toxicologist and general pharmacologist with broad interests and extensive experience in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Pharmacology