Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

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Fundamentals of Forensic Science offers a complete look at the core topics of forensic science.

It represents the most realistic view of the field by including areas that, while central to criminal investigation, fall outside the typical definition of criminalistics. These areas include pathology, entomology, anthropology, and other areas of scientific study unique to forensic textbooks.

Organized by the timeline of a real case, the text begins with an introduction and history of forensic science. It then covers the methods of analysis used in most forensic examinations, addressing the biological, chemical and physical elements relevant to the field, and concluding with an examination of how forensic science intersects with law. Feature boxes throughout the text contain online resource listings, historical events in forensic science, practical issues in laboratory analysis, and topics for further reading or interest.

This book is recommended for students in forensic science and professionals in the various forensic disciplines - fire, chemistry, crime scene, trace evidence, law enforcement personnel, lawyers, and defense attorneys.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 688 pages
  • 188 x 254 x 43.2mm | 1,950.47g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0123567629
  • 9780123567628
  • 2,116,716

About Max M. Houck

Max M. Houck is the Director of the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University, a program that develops research and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Mr. Houck is a trace evidence expert and forensic anthropologist who was assigned to the Trace Evidence Unit at the FBI Laboratory from 1992 to 2001. While at the FBI, Mr. Houck worked over 800 cases, including several major cases. Before joining WVU, he was assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to assist with the examination and identification of the victims of the 9-11-01 Pentagon attack. Mr. Houck is the recipient of an FBI Performance Award and the ASTM Forensic Sciences Award in 2000. Mr. Houck is the editor of two volumes of case reviews, Mute Witnesses and Trace Evidence Analysis, both published with Academic Press. Jay Siegel is Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, author of Forensic Science: A Beginner's Guide and Fundamentals of Forensic Science and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. Dr. Siegel was awarded the 2005 Paul Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in forensic science. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he was named the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Crime Scene Investigation
3. The Nature of Evidence
4. Microscopy
5. Spectroscopic Techniques
6. Separation Methods in Forensic Science
7. Pathology
8. Anthropology and Odontology
9. Entomology
10. Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
11. DNA Analysis
12. Forensic Hair Examinations
13. Illicit Drugs
14. Forensic Toxicology
15. Textile Fibers
16. Paint Analysis
17. Soil and Glass
18. Fires and Explosions
19. Friction Ridge Examination
20. Questioned Documents
21. Firearms and Tool marks
22. Impression Evidence
23. Legal Aspects of Forensic Science
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"[This book] approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective . . . everything a student or practicing professional needs." - The Journal of Law Enforcement

"Fundamentals of Forensic Science is an excellent textbook that would be an equally useful reference for security managers and investigators in both the private and public sectors." - Security Management magazine
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"[This book] approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective . . . everything a student or practicing professional needs." - The Journal of Law Enforcement "[This book] approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective . . . everything a student or practicing professional needs." - The Journal of Law Enforcement
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