Peter P Singer

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An automated headspace gas chromatography method was developed for the determination of formate (formic acid) in postmortem specimens, based on the in situ sulfuric acid-methanol methylation of formic acid to methyl formate. Diisopropyl ether was used as an internal standard. The method was applied to over 150 postmortem cases where methanol was detected.(More)
Two unusual cases of suicidal overdose of acetaminophen (paracetamol) without the usual extensive centrilobular necrosis of the liver are reported. Both cases were subjected to comprehensive drug screening by immunoassay, and a combination of gas chromatography with mass spectrometry, nitrogen detection, and electron capture detection. Acetaminophen was(More)
Two separate cases of drowning with extended periods underwater (2 and 4 weeks) are reported. The postmortem ethanol concentrations were 260 and 280 in central blood, 50 and 80 in vitreous, and 330 and 320 in urine (mg/100 mL) for cases 1 and 2, respectively. Determination of the urine 5-hydroxytryptophol/5-hydroxyindole-3-acetic acid ratios produced(More)
A 73-year-old man developed nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea 20-30 min after receiving a 1.0 mg intravenous dose of colchicine for the treatment of severe pain due to gouty arthritis in his physician's office. He was hospitalized 8 h later, and his condition deteriorated as he developed renal and respiratory failure. He subsequently died 10 h later, or a(More)
The distribution of the racemic and the enantiomeric content of (+/-)-metoprolol was compared after ingestion of a massive fatal overdose of the racemic drug. Postmortem concentrations of the racemate in different tissues were assayed by gas chromatography after derivatization with trifluoroacetic acid anhydride. The distribution of the R- and S-enantiomers(More)
The results of an accidental overdose fatality in a child involving disopyramide and sulindac are reported in this paper. Quantitation of disopyramide was performed by gas chromatography using codeine as the internal standard. Sulindac was assayed by high- performance liquid chromatography using ketoprofen as the internal standard. The postmortem blood(More)
A young man was found shivering and incoherent at home. He was placed in bed and was observed having seizures some time later. About four hours after he was initially found, he suffered a full cardiac arrest. Paramedics found his jaw unusually stiff and were unable to open his mouth in order to intubate him. Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful. The(More)
We report the death of a young male attributed to chloroform poisoning during autoerotic asphyxia. He was found lying on the floor of his apartment, prone on a piece of foam and a towel. His eyes were bound with a towel, his lower face and nose were almost entirely covered with duct tape surrounding a rubber hose in his mouth. The other end of the hose was(More)
A 48-year-old man with an extensive history of alcoholism was found dead at home. He was lying face down on a carpet. There was evidence of gastric aspiration at autopsy and histologic examination. The distribution of ethanol was very unusual (concentrations in mg/100 mL or mg/100 g): femoral blood, 257 and 273 (two samples); heart blood, 643; vitreous(More)
We report the death of a 28-year-old man due to sniffing a contact cement containing trichloroethylene. Initial testing revealed the presence of 80 mg/L trichloroethanol in cardiac blood, and the death was ruled as being due to trichloroethanol toxicity resulting from chloral hydrate ingestion. However, further investigation of the case revealed that the(More)
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