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E. P. Krenzelok
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In the Foreword to Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse, Professor Allister Vale, an internationally renowned clinical toxicologist, recommended this as an "excellent book". I concur with his recommendation wholeheartedly! In this, the second of his series of four books on various clinical toxicology topics, Dr. Donald Barceloux continued what he accomplished in the first book of the current series--to produce a comprehensive, expert, concisely written, evidence-based book that transcends the interdisciplinary ranks and bridges the gap between clinical expertise and toxicology information. The title of the book understates the scope of this contribution, implying that it is about substances abuse with psychoactive properties. However, it also addresses issues that are associated with drugs and substances that are abused for physiological purposes. For example, there are excellent chapters that are dedicated to performance enhancing substances such as anabolic steroids, blood doping agents, growth hormone, as well as agents that are implicated in eating disorders. Each chapter follows a template with well-defined headings that are consistent from chapter to chapter. For history buffs, each chapter begins with an historical perspective on the evolution of the drug's development and eventual misuse. There is an extensive discussion of the toxicokinetics of each drug. For those who need more extensive information on forensic issues such as diagnostic information or the interpretation of post mortem concentrations of biological samples, they will find this to be an excellent resource. For example, the chapters on ethanol and marijuana are nearly as comprehensive as many texts on those topics. The book is an excellent resource for experts who consult with industry or in matters of litigation. The chapters are referenced extensively, including 417 references in the amphetamine/methamphetamine chapter to 657 references in the ethanol chapter. As hoped for, everything from the traditional substances of abuse to contemporary substances such as the synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists are included. None of the chapters are what I refer to as 'cameo' chapters which may be included for the sake of completeness but without clinical or academic substance. This is an excellent reference resource for general practitioners of every health care discipline who need the convenience of a comprehensive desktop reference and a must for those who practice clinical toxicology and poison/drug information dissemination on a daily basis.
Edward P Krenzelok, PharmD, FAACT, DABAT
Pittsburgh Poison Center
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Professor of Pharmacy and Pediatrics
Gordon J Vanscoy Chair in Pharmacy
University of Pittsburgh
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The book arrived with a bent corner on the cover and into the pages of the book. otherwise ok purchase.