Textbook Edited by Amrita School of Medicine Faculty


Oct 7, 2009
Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi

The new edition of Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (15th ed.) has once again been edited by Dr. V. V. Pillay, Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Amrita School of Medicine, Kochi.

The Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology is one of the most respected and referred-to texts for medical students on forensic medicine and toxicology in India.

Under Dr. Pillay’s editorial stewardship, the latest edition provides comprehensive analysis of recent developments and current trends, including several new and landmark case histories.

The content, based almost entirely on Indian research work, has undergone a complete revamp with new formatting that includes more than 500 color photographs and illustrations.

Dr. Pillay, with 6 sub-editors and 18 contributors from all over India, has created a text that has been lauded by many experts in the field of forensic medicine and toxicology.

Some comments from Dr. Pillay’s professional peers include –

“With spectacular updation, based exclusively on Indian research work and long lists of references at the end of every chapter, this 15th edition has metamorphosed into a comprehensive textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. I have the confidence that its publication will be a benchmark in the annals of the specialty of Forensic Medicine, against which future publications on this subject will be measured, in this country. I am sure that this new edition will receive a hearty welcome, not only from the forensic fraternity, but also from professionals belonging to investigative agencies and the judiciary.”

Prof. Dalbir Singh
Professor and Head, Dept of Forensic Medicine
PGIMER, Chandigarh


“Dr. V. V. Pillay, a teacher and medico-legal expert of long standing experience, in editing this book, has fully revised it, by incorporating the latest information on the subject. The addition of many original color photographs and case histories makes this book much more informative and interesting to read.”

Prof. L. Thirunavukkarasu
Professor and Head, Dept of Forensic Medicine
St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore


“As usual, Prof. Pillay has come up with a wonderful new edition of his Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. The book has been thoroughly revised, with incorporation of many tables, boxes, anecdotes and mnemonics. It has multiple photographs and many recent Indian references, relevant to the present-day local scenario. Probably this is the only book in the Indian field of forensic medicine where every written word is referenced. The sincere and committed efforts of Prof. Pillay and his editorial team are there for everybody to see, appreciate and benefit from.”

Prof. B. D. Gupta
Professor and Head, Dept of Forensic Medicine
MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar, Gujarat


In 1995, Dr. Pillay published Modern Medical Toxicology, the first-ever Indian textbook on medical toxicology, which has since undergone several editions and reprints. This book fetched him the award for Best Indian Author on Toxicology from the Medico-legal Society, New Delhi in 1998.

In 2002, Dr. Pillay took over as Editor of the 12th edition of the Textbook of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, which has now been published in its 15th edition. In 2003, Dr. Pillay published Comprehensive Medical Toxicology, a most exhaustive reference book on toxicology, ever to be written by an Indian author. The book received excellent reviews from toxicologists from around the world.

Dr. Pillay currently serves as the Head of the Department of Analytical Toxicology and the Chief of Poison Control Centre at the Amrita School of Medicine in Kochi. He has published over 70 papers in scientific journals, of which 17 are listed in PUBMED.

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