Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts

Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts

By: Courtney Lappas (author), Nicholas Lappas (author)Hardback

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Forensic Toxicology: Principles and Concepts takes the reader back to the origins of forensic toxicology providing an overview of the largely unchanging principles of the discipline. The text focuses on the major tenets in forensic toxicology, including an introduction to the discipline, fundamentals of forensic toxicology analysis, types of interpretations based on analytical forensic toxicology results, and reporting from the laboratory to the courtroom. Forensic Toxicology also contains appendices covering the principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, immunology and immunological assays, toxicogenomics, and case studies.

About Author

Dr. Nicholas T. Lappas, an Associate Professor in the Department of Forensic Sciences at the George Washington University, has extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in both the teaching and practice of forensic toxicology. In 1975, Dr. Lappas, was one of the first two full time faculty members appointed to the faculty of the Department of Forensic Sciences at the George Washington University. Prior to this appointment, he was a forensic toxicologist in the Allegheny Coroner's Office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At GWU, he developed the MFS program in forensic toxicology, through which he has mentored hundreds of students and taught several graduate courses, including Forensic Toxicology, Analytical Toxicology, Medicinal Chemistry and Forensic Serology. Dr. Lappas' research interests have been focused on the development of analytical toxicology methods and the evaluation of factors that influence the interpretation of analytical toxicology results. His professional activities include serving as a forensic toxicology consultant in more than 500 criminal and civil cases and as an expert witness in more than 100 cases. Dr. Courtney M. Lappas, an Associate Professor of Biology at Lebanon Valley College, has extensive experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students while maintaining an active research program. An Immunopharmacologist, Dr. Lappas teaches Molecular Biology, Immunology and General Biology. Previously a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Lappas' research interests are translational in nature and focus on the utilization of novel pharmacological tools in the treatment and/or prevention of immunological pathologies.


Chapter 1: The Development of Forensic Toxicology Chapter 2: The Duties and Responsibilities of Forensic Toxicologists Chapter 3: Forensic Toxicology Resources Chapter 4: The Laboratory Chapter 5: Analytical Strategy Chapter 6: Sample Handling Chapter 7: Storage Stability of Analytes Chapter 8: Analytical Samples Chapter 9: Sample Preparation Chapter 10: Methods of Detection, Identification and Quantitation Chapter 11: Quality Assurance and Quality Control Chapter 12: Types of Interpretations Chapter 13: Reports Chapter 14: Testifying APPENDICES Appendix A: Principles of Pharmacokinetics Appendix B: Principles of Pharmacodynamics Appendix C: Immunoassays Appendix D: Toxicogenomics Appendix E: Famous Cases in Forensic Toxicology

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780127999678
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780127999678
  • weight: 950
  • ISBN10: 0127999671

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