Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science

Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science

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Edited by Peter C. White, Contributions by Keith G. Barnett, Contributions by M. D. Cole, Contributions by Tiernan Coyle, Contributions by Dorothy Gennard, Contributions by Brian Rankin, Contributions by N.D. Watson, Contributions by Patricia Wiltshire, Contributions by T.J. Rothwell, Contributions by Tal Simmons

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  • Publisher: Royal Society Of Chemistry
  • Format: Paperback | 567 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 232mm x 18mm | 560g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1847558828
  • ISBN 13: 9781847558824
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 116 colour illustrations, 14 black & white tables
  • Sales rank: 241,806

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Forensic science has been variously described as fascinating, challenging and even frightening. If you have only a vague concept of what forensic science is, this book will provide the answer. Aimed at non-scientists, or those with limited scientific knowledge, Crime Scene to Court covers all three main areas of an investigation where forensic science is practised, namely the scene of the crime, the forensic laboratory and the court. Coverage includes details of how crime scene and forensic examinations are conducted in the United Kingdom, the principles of crime scene investigations and the importance of this work in an investigation, and courtroom procedures and the role of the expert witness. The latest methods and techniques used in crime scene investigation and forensic laboratories are reported, cases are presented to illustrate why and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence and there is a bibliography for each chapter which provides further material for those readers wishing to delve deeper into the subject. Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a role in an investigation, for example police, crime scene investigators or indeed those called for jury service, will find this text an excellent source of information.

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Peter C. White started his career with Glaxo Laboratories as a research organic chemist. He then moved into analytical chemistry and the development of chromatographic techniques. After 6 years, he moved to the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in London carrying out research and development on separation and detection methods to solve casework problems. During that time, he obtained a PhD on the development of novel mutli-wavelength detection methods and was made a fellow of the RSC. Fifteen years later, he moved to the Forensic Science Unit at the University of Strathclyde where he taught undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research at the University centred on the development of Raman spectroscopic techniques for ultratrace detection of solutes of forensic interest. He was appointed Director of the Unit but left in 2003 to become a Professor of Science at the University of Lincoln where he continued with his Raman research interests. In 2006, he was appointed a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society. Professor White took early retirement in 2009 and now runs his own forensic and analytical research consultancy. He has over 60 published papers, several book chapters and 8 patents to his name. He has also been invited to lecture at, and chair, many international conferences. Crime Scene to Court was his inspiration and he Edited both previous editions of the book.

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"A comprehensive, well written and well presented book ... compelling reading ... It has my wholehearted recommendation." "... an absolute must for anyone studying forensic science or law ... this splendid book is packed with information ... excellent value for money ..." "... I would have no hesitation in recommending this book ..." "Very good, ideal for students of forensic science and practitioners ..." "Excellent and much-needed ... a useful introductory text" "... this is an excellent book for those about to enter forensic science or as a reference for those already practising." "... a readable book written in a narrative style ..." "... well written and informative ... also accessible and recommended ..." "... ideal for students of forensic science ..." "This is a well-presented book at a very affordable price [...] which is often used as teaching material by Lecturers in forensic sciences all over the world" "We highly recommend this book to anyone keen to learn more on what goes behind the scenes." -- Patrick Arpino l'actualiti chimique The 3rd edition of "Crime Scene to Court", published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, continues to give general readers a fascinating and readily understandable account into the complex field of forensic science. The editor, Professor Peter C. White, has a broad background and wide experience in forensic science, teaching, research and practice. Having worked with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in London and the Forensic Science Unit at the University of Strathclyde/UK, he was appointed director of the unit but left in 2003 to become a professor of Science at the University of Lincoln/UK. In 2006, he was appointed a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society. He has over 60 published papers, several book chapters and eight patents to his name. Since his early retirement in 2009, he runs his own forensic and analytical research consultancy. "Crime Scene to Court" was his inspiration and he edited both previous editions of the book. Although Professor White's research at the University mainly centred on the development of Raman spectroscopic techniques for ultratrace detection of solutes of forensic interest, the book-with excellent contributions from 23 specialised practitioners and recognised experts in their profession-covers the whole field of the discipline: It comprises 569 pages organized into 17 well-written and well-structured chapters (Forensic Practice; The Crime Scene; Forensic Ecology; Forensic Entomology; Trace and Contact Evidence; Marks and Impressions; Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; Forensic Examination of Documents;omputer Based Media; Fire Investigation; Explosions; Firearms; Drugs of Abuse; Forensic Toxicology; Analysis of Body Fluids; Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology; Presentation of Expert Forensic Evidence) and is enriched with black and white photographs. It may be worthwhile considering adding colored photographs to forthcoming editions. The 3rd edition has been thoroughly up-dated to reflect the advances in technology and the introduction of new methods and quality standards, with three chapters on forensic ecology, forensic entomology, and forensic archaeology and anthropology being added. The book covers the main areas of an investigation where forensic science is practiced: the crime scene, laboratory and court, including details of how crime scene and forensic examinations are conducted in the United Kingdom, the principles of crime scene investigations and the importance of this work in an investigation, courtroom procedures and the role of the expert witness. Cases are presented to illustrate why and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence. The book is written in an accessible style and each chapter contains a bibliography for those wishing to delve deeper into the subject. Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a role in an investigation will find this text an excellent source of information: The book is enjoyable and delightful to read, and the topics can easily be grasped and appreciated even by non-expert readers. The reference list is up-to-date and a valuable tool for gathering further information. To sum up, the book gives a unique and valuable account of the challenges faced in forensic medicine. It will serve as a readable resource for all of those who have an interest in forensic investigations and would like a clear, concise description of their background.

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Forensic science has been variously described as fascinating, challenging and even frightening. If you have only a vague concept of what forensic science is, this book will provide the answer. Widely regarded as the best in its field, this unique book is the only one of its kind with contributions from over twenty specialised practitioners all recognised experts in their profession. The third edition has been thoroughly up-dated to reflect the advances in technology and the introduction of new methods and quality standards. There is a process emphasis throughout the book, and all chapters have either been reworked or completely rewritten in this truly absorbing new edition. Three new chapters on forensic ecology, forensic entomology, and forensic archaeology and anthropology have also been added to demonstrate their role in some recent high profile cases. It covers all three main areas of an investigation where forensic science is practised, namely the scene of the crime, the forensic laboratory, and the court. Each chapter is written in an accessible style and contains a bibliography for those wishing to delve deeper into the subject. Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a role in an investigation, including those with little or no scientific knowledge, will find this text an excellent source of information.

Table of contents

Forensic Science; The Crime Scene; Trace and Contact Evidence; Marks and Impressions; The Forensic Examination of Documents; Fire Investigation; Explosions; Firearms; Drugs of Abuse; Forensic Toxicology; Alcohol Analysis; The Analysis of Body Fluids; Presentation of Expert Evidence in Court; Subject Index.