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November 5, 1982

Introduction to Forensic Toxicology

Author Affiliations

Brown University Chief Medical Examiner State of Rhode Island Providence


edited by Robert H. Cravey and Randall C. Baselt, 299 pp, with illus, $62.50, Davis, CA 95616 (PO Box 495), Biomedical Publications, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2169-2170. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170073040

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In the preface to this text, the authors indicate their desire that the book be used as "an overview of the science and profession of forensic toxicology" as well as "an instructional tool." It has fulfilled this purpose, both in content and through its three basic divisions: the principles of forensic toxicology, which presents fundamental information; the practice of forensic toxicology, covering the day-to-day details of this work, including medicolegal systems in which it is used; and circumstances in which the toxicologist performs away from his laboratory, such as in the courtroom as an expert witness. The latter unit is especially attractive, with additional sections covering the practice in a private laboratory and special chapters on the training as well as professional organizations in forensic toxicology. Discussions of the coroner versus the medial examiner system, investigation of cases from a toxicological point of view, and most important, the collection and