Toxicology for MD

MELS 302 Toxicology for Medical Laboratory

Course Title:                Toxicology for Medical Laboratory.
Code:                          MELS 302.
Hours:                         Lec – 2 Hrs.    Lab – 2 Hrs.    Cln – 0 Hr.    Credit hrs. – 3.
Prerequisite:                None.
Level/Semester:           2nd level - Spring.
Department offering the course:     Medical Laboratory Sciences/Faculty of Health Sciences.


The course enables the student to study analytical techniques and methods in identifying drugs in laboratory specimens, with emphasis on the clinical skills that help to assess and diagnose in the laboratory common disorders with referral to chronic and complicated cases.

The course deals with the nature, dynamics and detection of poisons. The course will cover: General toxicology, diagnosis of poisoning, assessment of the severity of poisoning, management of acute intoxications. Carry out laboratory investigations to identify: Corrosive poisons, metallic poisons, poisonous plants, volatile poisons, hallucinogens, central nervous system depressants, pesticides, animal poisons, food poisoning. Define common drugs and substances of abuse. The main topics covered in this course are: Introduction to principles of toxicology and biotoxicology; Effects of chemicals; Toxicokinetics; Risk assessment and regulatory toxicology; Acute toxicology testing; Subchronic and chronic toxicology testing; Carcinogenicity and mutagenicity testing; Introduction to in vitro toxicology testing; and Techniques in biotoxicology.

Illustrated lecture using personal computer, data show and white board.
Laboratory experiments
Research work.
Group discussion.
Video films.

Toxicology for Nontoxicologists; 1st Edition (2008) – Mark E. Stelljes. Scarecrow Press.
Clarke’s Analytical Forensic Toxicology; 1st Edition, 2008. Sue Jickells. Pharmaceutical Press, Cambridge University Press (www.cambridgeorg).
Medical Terminology Simplified: A Programmed Learning Approach by Body System; 4th Edition, 2010. Barbara A Gylys. F. A. Davis Publishers (
Medical Terminology for Health Professions; 6th Edition, 2009. Ann Ehrlich. Delmar, Cengage Learning (