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Since writing that post in July, I’ve come across a couple of books that I’d love to share! While they may not be for everyone studying biomedical science, I feel that these books include a lot of relevant information about topics that are essential for biomedical scientists to be knowledgeable about such as chemistry.
Casarett & Doull’s Essentials of Toxicology – In the last couple of months, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly I want to do after my degree. The majority of the people on my course seem to want to do either medicine or become biomedical scientists, but personally, those choices don’t interest me much anymore. Recently, I’ve come to the realisation that I’d actually love to do a masters degree in toxicology after my BSc. As a result of this, I invested in this book approximately a month ago.
This book gives a very good general overview of toxicology, as the name of the book suggests. It delves into the general principles of toxicology, disposition of toxicants, different types of toxic agents, and how toxicology is applied to many fields such as forensic science. What I also love about this book is that there are example questions at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge so that you know what you need to spend more time reading about. Although the book is about the essentials of toxicology, it is very in-depth. If I can recall correctly, there’s around 600 pages in this book, and each of those pages are full of information. I have found certain concepts in the book difficult to understand, but that is inevitable when you’re just starting to read about a new topic that you’re not that familiar with as a whole. Overall, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I definitely recommend checking it out if you have an interest in toxicology.
I bought the fourth edition of this book, but you can definitely get it cheaper than what I paid for by buying the older editions of this book.
Molecules of Murder: Criminal Molecules and Classic Cases by John Emsley – Another book that relates to toxicology to some degree. As the name of the book suggests, it’s about cases in the past where a chemical was used to murder someone through poisoning. One serial killer in particular that is discussed in this book is Dr Harold Shipman, who is now widely known as being one of the most prolific serial killers ever. The book also mentions toxins such as ricin (found in castor beans), which is a topic that I found interesting. When discussing these toxins, the author states where they originate, historical context, how/why it is toxic, and potential symptoms of poisoning. It’s such as fascinating book to read! I really enjoyed this one.
I’ll probably continue to make more posts like this in the future since I adore reading books, and I’d like to share the books that I’ve been fond of with you all. If you know of any books that I and other biomedical science students may enjoy, please let me know!