Forensic Toxicology,
Edition 1
Edited by Max M. Houck

Publication Date: 04 Jan 2018

Forensic Toxicology, the latest release in the Advanced Forensic Science Series that grew out of recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report, Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward will serve as a graduate level text for those studying and teaching forensic toxicology. It is also an excellent reference for the forensic practitioner’s library or for use in their casework. Coverage includes a wide variety of methods used, along with pharmacology and drugs and professional issues they may encounter. Edited by a world-renowned, leading forensic expert, this updated edition is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.

Key Features

  • Provides basic principles of forensic science and an overview of forensic toxicology
  • Contains information on a wide variety of methods
  • Covers pharmacology and drugs, matrices and interpretation
  • Includes a section on professional issues, such as crime scene to court, lab reports, health and safety, post-mortem and drug facilitated crimes
  • Incorporates effective pedagogy, key terms, review questions, discussion questions and additional reading suggestions
About the author
Edited by Max M. Houck, Vice President, Forensic and Intelligence Services, LLC, Virginia, USA
Table of Contents

[All sections will include Review questions, Discussion questions and Additional reading section]

Section 1. Introduction
Principles of Forensic Sciences
Forensic Classification of Evidence
Interpretation/The Comparative Method
Toxicology: History
Toxicology: Overview and Applications
Section 2. Methods
Capillary Electrophoresis: Basic Principles
Capillary Electrophoresis in Forensic Chemistry
Chromatography: Basic Principles
Liquid and Thin-Layer Chromatographic
Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Nonchromatographic Separation Techniques
Spectroscopic Techniques
Spectroscopy: Basic Principles
Section 3. Pharmacology and Drugs
Analysis of Controlled Substances
Designer Drugs
Pharmacology and Mechanism of Action of Drugs
Volatile Substances and Inhalants
Alcohol Congeners and the Source of Ethanol
Herbal psychoactive substances
Herbal Medicines and Phytopharmaceuticals – contamination
Section 4. Matrices

Urine and Other Body Fluids
Breath Alcohol
Metabolites of Ethanol
Oral Fluid
Drugs in Hair
Postmortem Blood
Postmortem Specimens
Behavioral Toxicology
Stomach Contents Analysis
Section 5. Interpretation
Measurement Uncertainty
Postmortem Toxicology: Artifacts
Interpretation of Results
Methods of Analysis-Initial Testing
Methods of Analysis-Confirmatory Testing

Section 6. Professional Issues
From Crime Scene to Court
Forensic Laboratory Reports
Health and Safety
Postmortem Specimens
Drug Facilitated Crimes
Drug-Impaired Driving
Drug Screening in Sport

Book details
ISBN: 9780128007464
Page Count: 418
Retail Price : £78.95
  • Butler, Advanced Topics in Forensic DNA Typing: Methodology, 9780123745132, Jul 2011, $99.95
  • Kintz, Toxicological Aspects of Drug Facilitated Crime, 9780124167483, Feb 2014, $99.95
  • Lappas, Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts, 9780127999678, Jan 2016, $99.95

Graduate level forensic science students and educators, as well as entry level forensic professionals