May 1971

CRC Handbook of Analytical Toxicology.

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USA El Paso, Tex


By Irving Sunshine, PhD. Price, $26. Pp 1083, with numerous illustrations. The Chemical Rubber Co, 18901 Cranwood Parkway, Cleveland 44128,1969.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(5):969-970. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310170177042

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Most current textbooks of toxicology, although providing excellent clinical information, are woefully inadequate in supplying definitive methods for the detection and quantitation of poisonous substances in biological materials. Sunshine has coordinated the contributions of a large number of toxicologists, pharmacologists, and analytical chemists in an admirable effort toward filling this information gap. The practical approach is stressed throughout the book.

Information on drugs, economic poisons, and industrial chemicals is found in separate locations. It is conceivable that if one were working with a complete unknown and obtained, for example, a thin-layer chromatography Rf value, three different sections of the text would have to be searched before proceeding further in the analysis. On the other hand, if he knows or suspects that a particular drug has been taken, he can look up the data on that drug immediately without having to go through interposing information on economic poisons or industrial

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