Drugs Poisons and Chemistry

Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.

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Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.


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Copyright © 2009 by Suzanne Bell, Ph.D.

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Bell, Suzanne.

Drugs, poisons, and chemistry / Suzanne Bell.

p. cm.—(Essentials of forensic science) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5510-4 ISBN-10: 0-8160-5510-6 1. Chemistry, Forensic. I. Title. RA1057.B46 2009 615.9—dc22 2008000687

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This book is dedicated to the hundreds of forensic chemists working in local, state, federal, and international forensic science laboratories. Their important work is often overshadowed by more glamorous forensic fields, but it is just as critical to ensuring that justice is served.

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