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4th Edition

Estimation of the Time Since Death

Edited By

Burkhard Madea



  • Available for pre-order on May 4, 2023. Item will ship after May 25, 2023
ISBN 9781032135533
May 25, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
366 Pages 273 Color & 67 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Estimation of the Time Since Death remains the foremost authoritative book on scientifically calculating the estimated time of death postmortem. Building on the success of previous editions which covered both the early and later postmortem periods this edition includes a new chapter on DNA/RNA degradation and further new content on drug testing in hair, thus widening the scope of the material. Chapters have been improved, updated and expanded, and  include new and additional images to enhance the text. A unique work of synthesis combining rigorous science with practical guidance, this update reinforces the book’s reputation as an invaluable resource – and also the standard – for the estimation of the time since death.

Table of Contents

  1. General Remarks on Estimating the Time Since Death, Burkhard Madea and Claus Henssge, 1.1 Estimation of the Time Since Death, 1.2 Errors in Estimating the Time Since Death, 2. Historical Review on Early Work on Estimating the Time Since Death, Bernard Knight and Burkhard Madea, 3. Supravitality in Tissues, Burkhard Madea, 3.1 Definitions, 3.2 Postmortem mechanical excitation of skeletal muscle, 3.3 Postmortem electrical excitability of skeletal muscles in casework, 3.4 Longitudinal studies of electrical excitability, 4. Rigor Mortis Estimation of the Time Since Death by Evaluation of Cadaveric Rigidity, Thomas Krompecher, 5. Postmortem Lividity Hypostasis and Timing of Death, Burkhard Madea and Bernard Knight, 6. Postmortem Body Cooling and Temperature-Based Methods, Claus Henssge, Michael Hubig, Michał Kaliszan, Burkhard Madea, Gita Mall, Holger Muggenthaler, Stefan Potente, Guy Rutty 6.1, Basics and application of the ‘nomogram method’ at the scene, Burkhard Madea and Claus Henssge, 6.2 Finite element method in temperature-based death time determination, Michael Hubig, Holger Muggenthaler and Gita Mall, 6.3 The Prism Method, Stefan Potente, 6.4 The Use of Temperatures Recorded from the External Auditory Canal for the Estimation of the Post-mortem Interval, Guy Rutty, 6.5 Eye temperature and the time since death, Michał Kaliszan, 7. Autolysis, Putrefactive Changes and Postmortem Chemistry, Elke Doberentz, Claus Henssge, Bernhard Knight, Burkhard Madea, Frank Musshoff, Angela Pittner, Stefan Pittner, Torleiv Ole Rognum, Brita Zilg, 7.1 Autolysis (self-digestion), Burkhard Madea, 7.2a Eye Changes after Death, Burkhard Madea and Claus Henssge, 7.2b Potassium levels combined with age and temperature, Brita Zilg, 7.2c Eye Changes after Death/ Vitreous Humor, Torleiv Ole Rognum, 7.3 Cerebrospinal fluid chemistry, Burkhard Madea and Claus Henssge, 7.4 Estimation of duration of immersion, Elke Doberentz and Burkhard Madea, 7.5 H3-Magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Frank Musshoff and Burkhard Madea, 7.6 Postmortem Protein Degradation, Stefan Pittner and Angela Pittner, 8 DNA/RNA degradation and time since death, Akihiko Kimura and Toshikazu Kondo, 9. Gastric Contents and Time Since Death, Elke Doberentz, Bernard Knight and Burkhard Madea, 10. Immunohistochemical Methods as an Aid in Estimating the Time Since Death, Burkhard Madea, 11 Practical Casework, Claus Henssge, Burkhard Madea and Stefan Potente, 11.1 Integration of Different Methods in Casework, Claus Henssge and Burkhard Madea, 11.2 Conditional Probability in Death Time Estimation, Stefan Potente, 12. Forensic Entomology, Saskia Reibe, 13. Radiocarbon Dating: Basic Principles and Applications, Wilfried Rosendahl and Doris Döppes, 14. Cross-sectional Imaging and the Postmortem Review, Guy Rutty, 15. Drug testing in hair for the estimation of the time since death, Christopher Wiedfeld and Frank Musshoff

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Biography

Professor Burkhard Madea is a world-renowned Forensic Pathologist and is the author of approx. 40 books and 700 papers. He earned his medical license in 1982, working as a Medical Doctor in the German Army from 1983-1984. He studied postgraduate Forensic Medicine at the University of Münster until continuing his Forensic studies at the University of Cologne 1985-1989. In 1991 he was appointed as Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Cologne, until 1996 where he was appointed as Professor of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bonn. There he was also appointed as Head of the Institute of Forensic Medicine until his retirement in autumn, 2022.