Forensic Pharmacology: Medicines, Mayhem, and Malpractice by R. E. Ferner

Forensic Pharmacology: Medicines, Mayhem, and Malpractice

byR. E. Ferner, Elizabeth NormanForeword byM. D. Rawlins

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Forensic Pharmacology offers a unique and comprehensible account of pharmacological methods and knowledge, and how to use them to solve problems in crimes from drunken driving to murder. It also deals with negligence in giving drugs, and adverse reactions to drugs. The text is enlivened bycases from the literature and from the authors' experience. Appendices give detailed examples of pharmacological problems and their solutions; tables and equations for alcohol calculations; and data for medicines encountered in forensic work. Experts do not always understand what lawyers want of them, and lawyers fail to appreciate that experts in medicine and pharmacology may not be experts in the law. The section entitled 'legal considerations' was written by a barrister with wide experience of using expert evidence and explainsclearly the legal principles. It also contains some helpful hints on how to deal with court procedure and adversarial lawyers.

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R. E. Ferner is at University of Birmingham.
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Title:Forensic Pharmacology: Medicines, Mayhem, and MalpracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.45 × 6.69 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Part 1: General considerations1. Drugs, their behaviour and their effects on the body2. Analyses of drugs and drug concentrations in blood and other body compartments3. Legal considerationsPart 2: Specific problems4. Effects of drugs on behaviour5. Effects of drugs on the victims of crime6. Negligence and medicinesPart 3: Specific drugs of forensic importance7. Ethanol8. Benzodiazepines9. Insulin10. Potassium chloride and other potassium salts11. The antipsychotic drugs: phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and other agents12. Opiates and related drugs13. Vaccines14. Paracetemol15. Anabolic androgens (anabolic steroids)Appendix A Pharmacokinetic calculationsAppendix B Detailed aspects of measurement of ethanol and calculations based on ethanol concentrationAppendix C Brief details of some drugs of forensic importanceReferencesIndex

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`a text, which although dealing with serious matters, is not without humour ... By way of illustration, or seasoning, a large number of case histories have been included, which indeed make fascinating reading. I agree with the author's predictions as to the classes of the professionals thatwill benefit from buying and studying this book i.e., lawyers, doctors, policeman, etc.'P.F. D'Arcy, Adverse Drug React. Toxicol. Rev. 1997, 16(2)