Journal of Analytical Toxicology, 2018;42:139 doi: 10.1093/jat/bkx063 Book Review Book Review Randall C. Baselt. Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, Eleventh Edition. Biomedical Publications, Seal Beach, CA, US$349.50, 2410 pp., ISBN 978-0-692-77499-1. One wonders when is the time to put an author’s name in front of a 10th Edition, the mere change in style makes the text much more textbook title? In the world of toxicology, there is Casarett and pleasing to the eye and more easily discernible. The shaded pages Doull’s Toxicology, Goldfrank’s Toxicologic Emergencies, also help in these respects. A nice addition to the book is a list of Garriott’s Medicolegal Aspects of Alcohol and a few other go-to abbreviations that appears in the ﬁrst few pages. These abbreviations references. Curiously, and in keeping with his character and appear throughout the text, including the updated Guidelines for demeanor, Dr Baselt chooses not to include his name in this, or Interpretation of Analytical Toxicology Results authored by Drs other editions’, titles. But, it is hard to imagine a more go-to book in Flanagan and Whelpton. An index of CAS numbers that cross- the bio-analytical toxicology domain than Baselt’s Disposition of references compound name and page number has also been added. Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man. The 11th Edition of this life- As an added option, there are some searchable tools at the long work builds signiﬁcantly on past editions. Biomedical Publications website (http://www.biomedicalpublications. An additional 275 new monographs have been added to the book, com/) to assist readers to easily cross-match CAS numbers, com- bringing the total to an amazing almost 1,800 compounds. This num- pound names and page numbers. ber pales the ~250 compounds in the ﬁrst edition in 1978, which at the The 11th Edition of Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in time was an incredible feat. To accommodate these additions, the total Man improves upon past editions cementing the book as one of the page count has increased by 160 adding ~1/8″ to the width of the text- most used references by forensic, clinical and medical toxicologists, book and allowing for a continued single volume. At the end of the forensic pathologists, attorneys and anyone else needing a ready refer- alphabetized monographs appears an addendum with an additional 17 ence related to a vast array of toxicants that humans may be exposed abbreviated monographs, presumably placed there after the formal part to. In his preface, Dr Baselt is effusive with his thanks to his colleagues of the book was completed, but they are searchable in the index. These for assistance with the book. However, it is only through his personal include some of the newer compounds encountered in the world of efforts that we have this remarkable tool, that which between editions forensic toxicology. To this end, the 11th Edition has incorporated a has a binding so worn that sometimes tape is the only remedy available number of novel psychoactive substances. More impressively, Dr Baselt to us. Almost all of us refer to this invaluable text merely as “Baselt”. has included a signiﬁcant number of new compounds spanning the In fact, it is as if the Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man toxicological spectrum, from pesticides to dietary supplements to indus- is an afterthought in daily practice. Perhaps, it is the time for the com- trial toxicants and more. This should serve as a ready reminder to munity to insist on a new title—“Baselt’s Disposition of Toxic Drugs practicing forensic toxicologists that our world far exceeds drug and Chemicals in Man”. This title is deserved not only in its formality, substances. but as a tribute to the author’s continued efforts. While the general format of the monographs has stayed relatively constant, there have been some improvements for the reader. First Robert A. Middleberg and foremost, the font has changed from Times New Roman to NMS Labs, Willow Grove, PA, USA Arial. While the font size appears to have stayed the same from the Advance Access Publication November 13, 2017 © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 139 Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jat/article-abstract/42/2/139/4621307 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 16 March 2018
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