Friday, July 19, 2013

Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons 8e

Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons 8th Edition, by Curtis Klaassen delivers a comprehensive review of the essential components of toxicology. It offers the most up-to-date, revealing, and in-depth look at the systemic responses of toxic substance available anywhere.

Combined with the latest thinking by the field's foremost scholars plus solid coverage of general principles, modes of action, and chemical-specific toxicity, this landmark text continues to set the standard for toxicology references. The tables, illustrations, and other visuals are updated with state-of-the-art standards that make this edition even more current and relevant. DVD with image bank features all tables and illustrations from the text in presentation-ready format.

This text is written by many distinguished professionals in the field, and offers clear, concise descriptions of the key concepts in toxicology. It is extensive and complete, covering a broad range of topics in sufficient detail. Both as a reference and as an educational tool, this book exceeds its goal of serving as a reference for toxicologists, other scientists, and students of the discipline.

Long established as the gold standard in the field, this guide equips you with an unsurpassed understanding of modern toxicology, including the principles, concepts, mechanisms, and modes of thought that are the foundation of the discipline. The new seventh edition features is updated throughout and includes many new contributors and new content on chemical terrorism.

The book describes toxicology with history, a brief background and introduction, then moves to discuss toxicology of the whole organism, with a focus on target organs and mechanisms of toxicology, with case studies and examples from the practice of toxicology. The book is thoroughly referenced, and the authorship of each chapter by an expert in that field adds to the authoritative appeal of the book. One main shortcoming of the book is the two-tone print, with green as the accent color.

Many of the diagrams are useful and clear, but the use of green (in various hues) as the single color for illustrations makes some of the images visually confusing or not particularly useful. There is a single illustration plate with full-color medical images, but it is one in over 1,200 pages. Given that there are illustrations on many of the book's pages, printing in full-color or partial-color (using red, blue, and tan - common to many anatomy, biology and chemistry texts) would be a welcome enhancement.

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