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Color Atlas of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

2nd Edition

By Charles Catanese

Edited by Charles Catanese

CRC Press

634 pages | 2058 Color Illus.

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Now in its second edition, the best-selling Color Atlas of Forensic Medicine and Pathology is an easy-to-read reference covering forensic pathology principles, from basic to advanced concepts relating to all manners of death. Featuring over 1600 full-color images, including 400 more photographs than the first edition, this book provides unparalleled photographic illustration to enhance understanding for medical and non-medically trained personnel.

Providing thorough visual demonstrations of postmortem changes of the human body, the book presents the different kinds of patterns produced in deaths resulting from

  • Natural causes
  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Therapeutic procedures
  • Substance abuse
  • Poisoning
  • Child abuse
  • Firearms
  • Blunt instruments
  • Sharp instruments
  • Burns
  • Asphyxia

The book also includes an entirely new section on histopathology. The text uses specific, detailed language to describe what is represented in each photo and to make side-by-side comparisons of similar but distinct pathologies. The Color Atlas of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, Second Edition is an invaluable professional reference for death investigators, medical examiners, and forensic pathologists.

Table of Contents

Sudden Natural Death in a Forensic Setting

Charles A. Catanese and Amy V. Rapkiewicz

Therapeutic Interventions, Complications, and Accidents

Michael J. Caplan and Charles A. Catanese

Substance Abuse and Poisoning

Charles A. Catanese and Laura M. Labay

Postmortem Change and Time of Death

Charles A. Catanese, Bruce Levy, and Gerard Catanese

Pediatric Forensic Pathology

Michael J. Caplan, Charles A. Catanese, Alex K. Williamson, and Zhongxue Hua

Blunt-Force Injuries

Charles A. Catanese

Sharp-Force Injuries

Charles A. Catanese

Gunshot Wounds

Charles A. Catanese and Thomas Gilson


Charles A. Catanese and Gerard Catanese


Charles A. Catanese


Charles A. Catanese, Gerard Catanese, Amy Rapkiewicz, and Jennifer Roman

Forensic Photography

Gina Santucci, Charles A Catanese, and Bruce Levy

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
LAW / Medical Law & Legislation