Forensic Toxicology


Forensic Toxicology


Forensic Toxicology by Research MSc (Full-time, Part-time)

Forensic toxicology involves the study of the isolation and analysis of drugs and poisons from a wide variety of matixes, including human tissues and the effects that these may have on the individual. The course will aim to provide students with a detailed knowledge concerning the selection and collection of case materials, as well as the analytical techniques used in forensic toxicology laboratories for the isolation and identification of drugs and poisons.

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What is Forensic-Toxicology?

According to The American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), forensic-toxicology encompasses the measurement of alcohol, drugs and other toxic substances in biological specimens and interpretation of such results in a medicolegal context.

The American Academy of Forensic sciences (AAFS), notes that there are a number of specialist areas within the field, including postmortem toxicology e.g. the determination of the contribution of drugs or other chemicals to the circumstances of the death.

The AAFS also emphasises the collaborative nature of for. toxicology which often sees the forensic toxicologist working in conjunction with law enforcement officers, forensic pathologists, other forensic scientists, and crime scene investigators.

For a detailed introduction to the subject we recommend you visit the The Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. (SOFT) website. The Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. (SOFT) is an organization composed of practicing forensic toxicologists and those interested in the discipline for the purpose of promoting and developing forensic-toxicology.

As well as providing information on just what forensic-toxicology is, the website also outlines the objectives and accomplishments of for. toxicology and the future of the discipline.

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We also recommend you visit the American Academy of Forensic Sciences website, as it has a very useful forensic-toxicology section. Here you will be able to find out about the scope of work forensic toxicologists undertake, educational and training requirements and career opportunities.

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History of Forensic Toxicology Articles

Poison Murders Solved by Test Tube Sleuths: Fascinating article from 1935 showcasing the analytical tests employed in the early days of forensic-toxicology.

Forensic-Toxicology: Poison Murders Solved

Essential Reading

Principles of Forensic Toxicology, Second Edition: Edited By Barry Levine

Amazon Customer Review

If you are interested in forensic-toxicology this book is a great addition to your library. The book is designed for an undergraduate course of one semester. This book is well-written by renown scientists and provides an excellent introduction to toxicology. It provides detailed information on instruments and the principles and theories of their use, drugs of abuse, alcohol, postmortem toxicology, and general principles of toxicology. This book further solidified my knowledge of toxicology & will be an excellent source for future questions and problems (Darrel Eubank).

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