Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

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Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Third Edition, provides current case studies that reflect the ways professional forensic scientists work, not how forensic academicians teach. The book includes the binding principles of forensic science, including the relationships between people, places, and things as demonstrated by transferred evidence, the context of those people, places, and things, and the meaningfulness of the physical evidence discovered, along with its value in the justice system.

Written by two of the leading experts in forensic science today, the book approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective, giving readers a new understanding and appreciation for crime scenes as recent pieces of history, each with evidence that tells a story.

Provides straightforward organization that includes key terms and numerous feature boxes that emphasize online resources, historical events, and figures in forensic scienceEffective pedagogy, including end-of-chapter questionsAn invaluable resource for professors and students of forensic scienceContains over 200 vivid, color illustrations that diagram key concepts and depict evidence encountered in the field
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 736 pages
  • 191 x 235mm
  • Academic Press
  • English
  • 9780128002315

Table of contents

Section I. Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
CH1 The Practice of Forensic Science
CH2 Crime Scene Investigation
CH3 The Nature of Evidence

Section II. Analytical Tools
CH4 Microscopy
CH5 Light and Matter
CH6 Separation Methods

Section III. Biological Sciences
CH7 Pathology
CH8 Anthropology and Odontology
CH9 Entomology
CH10 Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
CH11 DNA Analysis
CH12 Forensic Hair Examinations

Section IV. Chemical Sciences
CH13 Illicit Drugs
CH14 Forensic Toxicology
CH15 Textile Fibers
CH16 Paint Analysis
CH17 Soil and Glass
CH18 Fires and Explosions

Section V. Physical Sciences
CH19 Friction Ridge Examination
CH20 Questioned Documents
CH21 Firearms and Toolmarks
CH22 Impression Evidence
CH23 Forensic Engineering
CH24 Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics

Section VI. Legal and Forensic Science
CH25 Legal Aspects of Forensic Science
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