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Toxicology: How It Works

Toxicology is many things, and it goes much further than the average autopsy screening.

ACMT - Introduction to Medical Toxicology

ACMT - Introduction to Medical Toxicology

The study of toxicology not only focuses on intentional issues but also unintentional. Pesticides, Anti-Depressants, Ibuprofen, you name it - it'll hurt you with too much. Moderation is super important when it comes to any type of chemical or medicine. The effect of what you took all depends on how much you ingested/absorbed. Anything could be a killer if one has too much - and the amount and when the poison/medicine is taken can show/help show the type of death (murder, suicide, accidental, natural, and undetermined).

Toxicology has pretty simple explanation. We briefly went over what toxicology is in class which is why I wanted to look further into it for this research assignment.

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What is Toxicology?

What is Toxicology?

Toxicology is important because when one finds out the reason someone has died, whether it be a homicide or an environmental issue, it can prevent a lot of harm if there seems to be a pattern in recent deaths. With the help of toxicology, it is easy to detect the oncoming diseases, crimes, and deaths in a society.

This can help very much specifically in the detection of diseases and the prevention of the said disease that could possibly follow. It's weird that such an unpopular profession can be be of the most important. I always wondered how people got interested in these types of jobs.

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Society of Toxicology

Society of Toxicology

In this field, you can't just google something when you have a question - or raise your hand and ask a teacher. Research is a crucial part of toxicology and they need to know the way it works, how it will affect someone, and how the dosage can affect he outcome.

This is a necessary research organization because they help further the knowledge on certain chemicals/poisons that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. We learned in class that many diseases can be prevented/discovered through this line of work.

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Toxicology - American Chemical Society

Toxicology - American Chemical Society

Not just anyone can become a toxicologist. Unlike a coroner, who can be anyone voted into office, a toxicologist must have a high level of education and experience - similar to a medical examiner. The higher your education, the higher up in the ranks you go. Someone with just a bachelors and minimum laboratory experience would work in places like animal facilities. But, someone with a Ph.D would end up working in an office doing more behind the scenes work. Many toxicologist work in companies where intense toxicology reports are necessary to ensure public safety.

This intrigues me because I assumed a toxicologist worked only in/with autopsies and when I read this newsletter it opened my eyes to the many different fields a person with this career can work in.

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Toxicology: How It’s Done

Toxicology: How It’s Done

Toxicology allows people to see what happened, internally, after death. It is a set of tests done during an autopsy, and a chain of events is necessary throughout all procedures. I tampered, or the evidence appears to have been tampered with, then the evidence will be dismissed in court. Different samples are taken from the human body, including, but not limited to: blood, urine, liver, bile, and hair. A toxicology report can hold a lot of information such as type of death and how the death was executed.

This relates to one of our last units in Forensics, where we learned the causes and types of death and how an autopsy contributes to an investigaton

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