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Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives

Author(s): Christopher P. Holstege, MD, Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Thomas Neer, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Academy, CIRG - Behavioral Analysis Unit, Quantico, Virginia
Gregory B. Saathoff, MD, Associate Professor of Research, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, Executive Director, Critical Incident Analysis Group, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia
R. Brent Furbee, MD, Medical Director, Indiana Poison Center, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763744632
  • ISBN-10:0763744638
  • Hardcover    352 pages      © 2011
Price: International Sales $152.95 US List
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A Comprehensive Study of Criminal Toxicology

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.

Criminal Poisoning: Clinical and Forensic Perspectives is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between medical practitioners and law enforcement agents, delivering the definitive resource for professionals on the topic.

Key features include:

  • Information on unique toxins not discussed in other books, such as dioxin or trichothecene mycotoxin
  • Both the clinical and forensic approaches to investigating criminal poisoning
  • Illustrated text with in-depth descriptions of poisons including delivery, toxicology, detection and clinical effects
Chapter  1  History of Criminal Poisoning
Chapter  2  Poisoners and Their Relationship with Victims: The Need for an Evidence-Based Understanding
Chapter  3  Evaluating a Potential Criminal Poisoning
Chapter  4  Acids & Alkalis
Chapter  5  Animals
Chapter  6  Arsenic
Chapter  7  Botulism
Chapter  8  Cyanide
Chapter  9  Dioxin
Chapter  10  Drugs of Abuse
Chapter  11  Gamma Hydroxybutyrate
Chapter  12  Hypoglycemics
Chapter  13  Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
Chapter  14  Opioids
Chapter  15  Organophosphates (Nerve Agents)
Chapter  16  Plants & Herbals
Chapter  17  Potassium
Chapter  18  Quinuclidinyl Benzilate (QNB)
Chapter  19  Saxitoxin
Chapter  20  Sedative-Hypnotics
Chapter  21  Sodium Monofluoroacetate
Chapter  22  Strychnine
Chapter  23  Thallium
Chapter  24  Toxalbumins
Chapter  25  Trichothecene Mycotoxins
Chapter  26  Medical Serial Killers
Chapter  27  Munchausen by Proxy
Chapter  28  Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

Christopher P. Holstege, MD-Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Christopher P. Holstege, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine and Chief of the University of Virginia’s Division of Medical Toxicology. His clinical practice is associated with the University of Virginia’s Center of Clinical Toxicology. He has published extensively in the medical literature with over 100 publications in medical journals, periodicals, and books. Dr. Holstege speaks extensively on various topics in the field of medical toxicology, with a focus on areas such as criminal poisoners and chemical weapons of mass destruction. He has been integrally involved in the diagnosis and management of a number of high profile criminal poisonings, including the dioxin poisoning of the Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. In appreciation of his work in both education and clinical service, Dr. Holstege received the Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence form the University of Virginia, the National Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Attending Teacher of the Year Award from the University of Virginia’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and on the Steering Committee of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG). He is a consultant to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dr. Holstege received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, Michigan); he completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Butterworth Hospital (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and his fellowship training in Medical Toxicology at Indiana University (Indianapolis, Indiana). He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Medical Toxicology.

Thomas Neer-Supervisory Special Agent, FBI Academy, CIRG - Behavioral Analysis Unit, Quantico, Virginia

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Thomas Neer is a 25-year veteran of the FBI with extensive experience in complex criminal and counterterrorism investigations. Since 1995, he has been assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Virginia where he provides FBI field offices, state, local and foreign police with behavioral assessments on cases involving unusual circumstances or serial offenders. Among his many cases, SSA Neer served as the FBI’s principal behavioral advisor during the investigation of Michael Swango, a medical doctor who was convicted of murdering several patients in hospitals. Prior to his career with the FBI, SSA Neer was employed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. SSA Neer’s diverse law enforcement career includes extensive operational travel to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. A 1976 graduate of the University of Florida, SSA Neer pursued graduate studies in 1977 at the Southern Illinois University’s Center for the Study of Crime Delinquency and Corrections. A 2001 graduate of the Police Staff College in Bramshill, England, SSA Neer is currently a candidate for a Master of Arts degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Gregory B. Saathoff, MD-Associate Professor of Research, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, Executive Director, Critical Incident Analysis Group, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia

Gregory B. Saathoff, M.D. is Associate Professor of Research in Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine. A veteran of the First Gulf War, he has treated male and female violent and nonviolent prison inmates who suffer from mental illness since 1991. He also serves as Executive Director of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG). In this capacity, he directs the group, which operates as a “ThinkNet” that provides multidisciplinary expertise in developing strategies that can prevent or mitigate the effects of critical incidents. He has written The Negotiator’s Guide to Psychotropic Drugs for the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Unit, and he was a co-author of the FBI’s threat assessment monograph: The School Shooter. In addition to this, he has published in the areas of personality disorders, police psychiatry, post-traumatic stress disorders, public response to weapons of mass destruction, and biologic psychiatry. He assembled and led a University of Virginia medical team that served as the U.S. component of the international medical group charged with diagnosis and treatment of President Viktor Yuschenko who was poisoned in 2004. He has served as an expert witness on espionage and terrorist-related cases in federal court. Since 1996 he has served as a Conflict Resolution Specialist, and in 2006, he was appointed to the Research Advisory Board of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Dr. Saathoff received M.D at the University of Missouri and completed his residency in Psychiatric Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

R. Brent Furbee, MD-Medical Director, Indiana Poison Center, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana

Brent Furbee, M.D. was trained in medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine (1977). He completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Methodist Hospital of Indiana (1980) and a Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona (1991). He has served as the Medical Director of the Indiana Poison Center since 1988. In 1992 he started the state’s only medical toxicology service followed by a medical toxicology fellowship in1994. He consults at Methodist, Indiana University, and Wishard hospitals in Indianapolis. He is active in the education of fellows, residents, medical students, and nurses. Dr. Furbee has served as a consultant in several criminal and civil cases in the United States. He was a member of the investigative team for the Indiana State Police in the State of Indiana v. Orville Lynn Majors case, the largest criminal investigation in that state’s history. He has authored publications regarding homicidal poisoning and the toxicity of heavy metals, manganese, plants, drugs of abuse, pharmaceuticals, and venomous animals. Dr. Furbee is an Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Medical Toxicology.