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3rd Edition

Forensic Neuropathology

ISBN 9780367777937
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
812 Pages

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Book Description

The field of forensic neuropathology covers such controversial topics as the effects of repeated brain trauma in football players and how babies probably cannot die from being shaken. Jan Leestma is one of the most respected voices in this area. A timely update to his classic reference, Forensic Neuropathology: Third Edition presents an encyclopedic exposition of neuropathological conditions that may have forensic import.

Reflecting the latest research, this edition includes expanded sections on multiple trauma, one punch/one hit arterial injuries, and the physiology of respiratory control. It presents new perspectives and rules regarding expert testimony and evidence admissibility occasioned by Daubert and related Supreme Court cases. The book explores how these rulings affect forensic pathologists, neuropathologists, and other potential experts as well as how they interact with the legal system.

Several chapters examine the mechanisms and pathophysiology of neuropathological conditions and discuss the biomechanical basis for neurological injury. Where possible, aging and dating methodology is included for various processes. More than 325 updated full-color illustrations complement the text along with diagrams, tables, and figures that illustrate the textual material and can be useful as exhibits in court. An extensive bibliography provides background information and facilitates further research.

Table of Contents

Pathology and Neuropathology in the Forensic Setting. Scientific Evidence and the Courts. Forensic Aspects of Adult and General Neuropathology. General Forensic Neuropathology of Infants and Children. Forensic Aspects of Intracranial Equilibria. Physical Injury to the Nervous System. Child Abuse: Neuropathology Perspectives. Gunshot, Penetrating, and Blast-Related Injuries to the Nervous System. Forensic Aspects of Complex Neural Functions. Index.

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Jan E. Leestma, MD, MBA, is the lead author of this third edition of Forensic Neuropathology. He received a BA degree in chemistry and biology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, in 1960 and an MD degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1964. He has had a private consulting practice in forensic neuropathology since the early 1970s that continues to the present time, and he has given expert testimony in more than 40 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Dr. Leestma is the author of more than 100 professional publications, including numerous book chapters in texts. He is a member of the American Association of Neuropathologists and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.