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2nd Edition

Forensic Dentistry

ISBN 9781420078367
Published January 25, 2010 by CRC Press
470 Pages 31 Color & 160 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The identification of unknown individuals and the estimation of age, race, and gender are among the chief functions of forensic dentistry. Other important applications include the investigation and analysis of bitemarks and oral injuries in abuse cases and evaluating, reporting, and testifying in civil litigation cases. Twelve years after the benchmark first edition of this book explored these topics, the long-awaited Forensic Dentistry, Second Edition offers a comprehensive update and revision of the material.

Offering insight from many new contributors on the cutting edge of forensic science and odontology, this new edition expands the book’s scope to include a broader historical and theoretical analysis, a thorough assessment of the past decade’s developments, and a far-reaching projection of future trends.

New topics in the second edition include:

  • Forensic dental radiography
  • Age estimation
  • Jurisprudence and legal issues
  • History of forensic dentistry
  • Landmark cases, including September 11th and Hurricane Katrina

In order for forensic odontology to continue to progress as a specialty of forensic science, there must be a consistent stream of new ideas and original and applied research. Heavily illustrated and enhanced with a 16-page color insert with additional photos, this volume captures the critical issues that confront today’s forensic dentist, explores the field’s limitations, and provides a window on the future of this crucial sector within the forensic identification science arena.

Table of Contents

Science, the Law, and Forensic Identification, C. J. Plourd

History of Forensic Dentistry, P. C. Brumit and P. G. Stimson

Scope of Forensic Odontology, B. A. Schrader and D. R. Senn

Death Investigation Systems, R. E. Frost

Forensic Medicine and Human Identification, D. K. Molina

Fingerprints and Human Identification, A. J. Uhle

DNA and DNA Evidence, B. C. Smith and D. Sweet, O.C.

Forensic Anthropology, H. Gill-King

Forensic Dental Identification, M. P. Tabor and B. A. Schrader

Forensic Dental Radiography, R. A. Weems

Forensic Dental Photography, F. D. Wright and G. S. Golden

Dental Identification in Multiple Fatality Incidents, B. Chrz

Age Estimation from Oral and Dental Structures, E. F. Harris, H. H. Mincer, K. M. Anderson, and D. R. Senn

Bitemarks, D. R. Senn and R. R. Souviron

Abuse: The Role of Forensic Dentists, J. D. McDowell

Jurisprudence and Legal Issues, R. E. Barsley, T. J. David, and H. M. Pitluck

Evidence Management, S. Hahn

Future of Forensic Dentistry, D. R. Senn and P. G. Stimson

Appendix: U.S. Federal and State Court Cases of Interest in Forensic Odontology, Compiled by H. M. Pitluck and R. E. Barsley


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David R. Senn, D.D.S., attended the University of Texas in Austin and received his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. He is director, Center for Education and Research in Forensics; director, Fellowship in Forensic Odontology; and director, Southwest Symposium on Forensic Dentistry. He is also a forensic odontology consultant and chief forensic odontologist for the Bexar County (Texas) Medical Examiner’s Office.

Paul G. Stimson, D.D.S., M.S., is a graduate of Loyola University Dental School and has an M.S. degree in general pathology from the University of Chicago. He is an emeritus professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston. He is a registered emeritus diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and an active diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology.