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Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse: Synthesized Chemicals and Psychoactive Plants [Hardcover]

Donald G. Barceloux

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Book Description

March 20 2012 0471727601 978-0471727606
This book provides a broad reference covering important drugs of abuse including amphetamines, opiates, and steroids. It also covers psychoactive plants such as caffeine, peyote, and psilocybin. It provides chemical structures, analytical methods, clinical features, and treatments of these drugs of abuse, serving as a highly useful, in-depth supplement to a general medical toxicology book. The style allows for the easy application of the contents to searchable databases and other electronic products, making this an essential resource for practitioners in medical toxicology, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, pharmaceuticals, environmental organizations, pathology, and related fields.

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“All in all, this is an admirable and helpful book that has assembled a great deal of useful information in a usable and systematically presented form.”  (British Toxicology Society, 1 July 2013)

"Dr. Barceloux has once again produced an encyclopedic reference book in medical toxicology. This text should be place alongside Dr. Barceloux’s previous volume on natural toxins and found in every poison control center, reference library, and the personal library of every medical toxicologist. Drug enforcement agencies, forensic toxicologists, and pharmacologists would benefit from the use of this work also. I highly recommended it as the premier work on the topic." (Edward J. Otten, The Journal of Emergency Medicine, April 2013)

“This is an excellent reference work that will be of great interest to all who specialize in abused substances, whether they be analytical chemists, poison information specialists or treatment providers.  It deserves to be one of the very first sources consulted when assessing a human exposure to a recreational drug or chemical.”  (International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, 1 February 2013)

“Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuseis a comprehensive, well researched, solidly founded treatise on all aspects of synthesized drugs of abuse and psychoactive plants.”  (Annals of Emergency Medicine, 1 March 2013)

“It is the nature of text-books that they cannot catch all of the last-minute findings. Medical Toxicology of Drug Abuse includes so much that one must congratulate the accomplishment.”  (Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 4 December  2012)

“Aa a member of ACMT, I am constantly amazed at the talent in our organisation.  Dr. Barceloux demonstrates his depth of knowledge and excellent writing skills in these recently published textbooks.  Both books are an excellent resources for medical toxicologists.”  (American College of Medical Toxicology, 1 December  2012)

“Despite this potential omission, Dr. Barceloux must be commended for this tremendous effort. It is rare to have an authoritative encyclopedia of information be predominately written by one person, clearly a labor of love. Without question, this book is a “must have” reference for anyone involved with drugs of abuse.”  (Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1 November 2012)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for clinical toxicologists,medical review officers, poison information centers and all health care practitioners who deal June 3 2012
By E. P. Krenzelok - Published on
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, arrived damaged Jan. 28 2014
By Derek S. - Published on
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The book arrived with a bent corner on the cover and into the pages of the book. otherwise ok purchase.

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