A large portion of my forty years in the forensic field has been spent in drug identification. Please encourage Dr. Karch to keep up his good work as he is filling voids in most of our libraries.
-Letter from George M. Taft, Jr., Director, Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, Anchorage, Alaska
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- Joseph Horvat, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, in Science Books and Films
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