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Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Volume 5, Number 2, July - December 2004

Book Reviews: Technical Books Section

(Page 10 d - Review by Dr. John H. Trestrail III, USA)


FEATURED BOOK

VERY IMPRESSIVE

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 Comprehensive Medical Toxicology, 1stEdition, by V V Pillay.   Hardback, 11" x 8.5".
Paras Medical Publisher, 5-1-473, Jambagh Road, P.O.Box No. 544, Hyderabad - 500 095, India. Publication Date January 2003. 650 pages, ISBN 81-88129-86-0. Price Indian Rupees 750, US $40

Comprehensive Medical Toxicology by VV Pillay

And here we have another addition to the toxicological literature, which is intended to be a general reference to many areas in toxicology, from clinical to forensic to analytical.

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The author has divided his reference into five major sections: General Toxicology, Chemical Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Toxicology, Biotoxicology, and Sociomedical Toxicology. The work also concludes with four appendices: Poisoning Severity Score (adults & children), Glascow Coma Scale, Forensic Science Laboratories in India, and Beck's Depression Scale. Before the well cross-referenced general index, is a large listing of poisons and drugs by their brand names.
Comprehensive Medical Toxicology by VV Pillay
...This is one of the first references this reviewer has analyzed that was published outside of North America, and I must say "very impressive!". Having reviewed the toxicological literature, covering the last 200 years, and written over 250 book reviews of toxicological references, this reviewer feels that this work is of considerable merit, and should have a place in the reference libraries of toxicologists where ever they may be located in the world....

Containing over 2000 recent references, it is clear that the author has reviewed the current international literature, in his compilation of this work, and the reader should find that the medical treatment recommendations therefore are of the moment. There are numerous illustrations and photographs, which are clearly described, to enhance the written text. The author has also added the nice touch of placing some 40 boxes of pertinent information, which the reader can use for quick reference.

The readers should find this reference easy to use, and clearly written. In his discussion of the various toxic agents, the author provides information on the following: synonyms, physical appearance, uses, usual fatal dose, toxicokinetics, mode of action, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment, autopsy findings, and forensic significance.

This is one of the first references this reviewer has analyzed that was published outside of North America, and I must say "very impressive!". Having reviewed the toxicological literature, covering the last 200 years, and written over 250 book reviews of toxicological references, this reviewer feels that this work is of considerable merit, and should have a place in the reference libraries of toxicologists where ever they may be located in the world. For the information contained in this volume, it is a definite bargain for the price.

 

John Trestrail
-John H. Trestrail, III, RPh, FAACT, DABAT (Toxicologist)
Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning
Toxicology Section
1840 Wealthy, S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49506-2968
USA
Telephone: (616) 774-5329 (voice)
Fax: (616) 774-7204

Mr. Trestrail graduated with honors, obtaining a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1967, where he was initiated into Rho Chi (Pharmaceutical Honors Society). From 1967-1968, he attended graduate school, majoring in natural product chemistry, at the College of Pharmacy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Trestrail's public service experience was with the United States Peace Corps, from 1968-1970, where he taught chemistry at the University of the Philippines College of Agriculture, in the Republic of the Philippines. He is a practicing boarded toxicologist, and is a visiting instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Since 1976, he has served as the Managing Director of one of the nation's certified regional poison centers. He has been honored as a Fellow by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and is a Diplomate, by examination, of the American Board of Applied Toxicology. Mr Trestrail founded the Center for the Study of Criminal Poisoning, as well as the Toxicological History Society, and has been featured in several episodes of "The New Detectives", on the Discovery Channel. He is a participant in the International Program on Clinical Safety, of the World Health Organization (WHO) . Mr. Trestrail has also served as an expert consultant in many criminal poisoning investigations, to law enforcement and attorneys. Since 1990, Mr. Trestrail's seminars on "Murder by Poison!" and "Poisoners Throughout History", have been received with wide acclaim by audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is the author of the pioneering book - Criminal Poisoning: An Investigational Guide for Law Enforcement, Toxicologists, Forensic Scientists, and Attorneys, published by Humana Press. Mr Trestrail is a member of the several professional organizations some of which are The American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT), The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT), The International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA), The International Society on Toxinology (IST), The North American Mycological Association (NAMA), The Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) and The Toxicological History Society (THiS). Dr. Trestrail is on the editorial panel of this journal. Readers wishing to visit the editorial panel may want to click here. Readers wishing to contact Dr. Trestrail may want to click here.

Review 1 by Gyan Fernando, UK

Review 2 by John Doull, USA

Review 3 by Wayne Jones, Sweden

Review 4 by John Trestrail, USA

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