Criminal Poisoning: Clinical And Forensic Perspectives

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Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives offers health care providers, investigators and attorneys a comprehensive look at the history, employment and ex post facto analysis of criminal poisoning.

Drawing on the vast expertise of the authors—law enforcement agents and physicians with robust experience in the realm of criminal poisoning—Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives covers the illegal use of poisons to harm people and the methods of detection available to investigators and prosecutors.

Each chapter covers a specific toxin, from acids and herbals to drugs of abuse, and includes a case study that explains the diagnostic challenges associated with detecting and prosecuting a criminal poisoning. What’s more, the book delves into who may poison—including the psychological factors that motivate someone to kill—and who may be a likely victim.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763744632
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/29/2010
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors ix

Contributors xi

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Section 1 Introduction to Poisoning

Chapter 1 History of Criminal Poisoning Bryan S. Judge 3

Chapter 2 Poisoners and their Relationship with Victims: The Need for an Evidence-Based Understanding Gregory B. Saathoff 13

Chapter 3 Evaluating a Potential Criminal Poisoning Thomas M. Neer 19

Section 2 Agents Used by Past Poisoners

Chapter 4 Acids and Alkalis Matthew Salzman Rika N. O'Malley 33

Chapter 5 Animals Blake A. Froberg 39

Chapter 6 Arsenic Ashley L. Harvin Christopher P. Holstege 49

Chapter 7 Botulism William H. Richardson, III 55

Chapter 8 Cyanide Christopher P. Holstege Paul M. Maniscalco 63

Chapter 9 Dioxin Christopher P. Holstege 69

Chapter 10 Drugs of Abuse Rachel Haroz Susan Ney 75

Chapter 11 Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate Jenny J. Lu Timothy B. Erickson 83

Chapter 12 Hypoglycemics Adam K. Rowden Kelli D. O'Donnell 91

Chapter 13 Neuromuscular Blocking Agents R. Brent Furbee 97

Chapter 14 Opioids Ziad N. Kazzi Kevin S. Barlotta 103

Chapter 15 Organophosphates (Nerve Agents) Christopher P. Holstege Kahoko Taki 109

Chapter 16 Plants and Herbals R. Brent Furbee Jou-Fang Deng 115

Chapter 17 Potassium R. Brent Furbee 129

Chapter 18 Quinuclidinyl Benzilate (QNB) Christopher P. Holstege 137

Chapter 19 Saxitoxin Christopher P. Holstege 141

Chapter 20 Sedative-Hypnotics Laura K. Bechtel 145

Chapter 21 Sodium Monofluoroacetate Christopher P. Holstege 155

Chapter 22 Strychnine Gerald F. O'Malley Kelli D. O'Donnell 159

Chapter 23 Thallium Daniel E. Rusyniak 165

Chapter 24 Toxalbumins Ayrn D. O'Connor 171

Chapter 25 Trichothecene Mycotoxins Stephen W. Borron Juan C. Arias 179

Section 3 Specific Classes of Poisoners

Chapter 26 Medical Serial Killers Thomas M. Neer James McCarthy Bernard Postles R. Brent Furbee 189

Chapter 27 Munchausen by Proxy David L. Eldridge 213

Chapter 28 Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault Laura K. Bechtel 229

Glossary 235

Index 237

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