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The responsibility of editing future editions of this book has been
entrusted to me by the author Dr. J, P. Modi, who expired on 19th June 1954.

No time or trouble had been spared by the late author almost to the day
of his death in thoroughly revising the text of this edition ,and I have
endeavoured to make it up-to-date to the time of publication of this edition,
greater emphasis has been given to details of the treatment of various poisons
and recent interesting cases have been included. The section on alcohol is
also revised by me.

I wish to express my deep sense of obligation to Dr. H. S. Mehta,
Professor of Forensic Medicine, Grant Medical College, Bombay, for the
photographs which are reproduced as Figs. 69A & B, 75, 84, 102, 103, 104,
112,130A & B and 151, and to Professor G. K. Karandikar of Baroda Medical
College for suggesting an alternative classification of poisons,

I am grateful to Shri B. V. Patel and Shri M. K. Rangnekar for their
kind help in revising and making up-to-date the Drugs Act and the Drugs

I am deeply indebted to Prof. C. B. Singh of Agra Medical College for
the life sketch of the author.

It is my plan to have future editions of this book revised by leading
medical jurists from all over India, so that the book will remain up-to-date
and continue to serve students and members of the medical and legal
professions all over India as it has done in the past.

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August 1955.    }                                                                   N.J.MODI