3rd Edition

Forensic Science Handbook, Volume I

By Adam B. Hall, Richard Saferstein Copyright 2020
    778 Pages 299 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Originally published in 1982 by Pearson/Prentice-Hall, the Forensic Science Handbook, Third Edition has been fully updated and revised to include the latest developments in scientific testing, analysis, and interpretation of forensic evidence. World-renowned forensic scientist, author, and educator Dr. Richard Saferstein once again brings together a contributor list that is a veritable Who’s Who of the top forensic scientists in the field. This Third Edition, he is joined by co-editor Dr. Adam Hall, a forensic scientist and Assistant Professor within the Biomedical Forensic Sciences Program at Boston University School of Medicine. This two-volume series focuses on the legal, evidentiary, biological, and chemical aspects of forensic science practice.

    The topics covered in this new edition of Volume I include a broad range of subjects including:

    • Legal aspects of forensic science

    • Analytical instrumentation to include: microspectrophotometry, infrared Spectroscopy, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis, and mass spectrometry

    • Trace evidence characterization of hairs, dust, paints and inks

    • Identification of body fluids and human DNA

    This is an update of a classic reference series and will serve as a must-have desk reference for forensic science practitioners. It will likewise be a welcome resource for professors teaching advanced forensic science techniques and methodologies at universities world-wide, particularly at the graduate level.

    1. Legal Aspects of Forensic Science

    [Gil I. Sapir]

    2. Forensic Paint Examination

    [Diana Wright, Daniel Kirby, and John Thornton]

    3. The Forensic Identification and Association of Human Hair

    [Richard E. Bisbing]

    4. A Guide to the Analysis of Forensic Household Dust Specimens and Their Statistical Significance

    [Nicholas Petraco and Nicholas D. K. Petraco]

    5. Fundamentals of Visible Microspectrophotometry in Forensic Science

    [Michael B. Eyring]

    6. Infrared Spectroscopy in the Forensic Sciences

    [Edward M. Suzuki]

    7. Forensic Characterization and Comparisons of Inks

    [Tatiana Trejos and Jose Almirall]

    8. Forensic Gas Chromatography

    [Thomas A. Brettell and David T. Stafford]

    9. Forensic Applications of High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Capillary Electrophoresis

    [David Northrup]

    10. Forensic Mass Spectrometry

    [Adam B. Hall and Richard Saferstein]

    11. Analysis of Body Fluids in Sexual Assault Cases

    [Edwin Jones]

    12. The Application of Capillary Electrophoresis in Forensic DNA Analysis

    [Bruce McCord]


    Dr. Richard Saferstein headed the crime laboratory of the New Jersey State Police from 1970 to 1991. Dr. Saferstein served as an expert witness over 2000 times in nearly 150 federal  and  state  courts  involving  a  variety  of  forensic  issues.  His  areas  of  expertise  encompassed  breath  and  blood  testing  for  alcohol,  pharmacological  effects  of  alcohol  and drugs, detection and identification of drugs in biological fluids, fire debris analysis, the  forensic  examination  of  blood,  semen,  hair,  paint,  fiber,  and  glass  as  well  as  the  review and evaluation of forensic DNA evidence. Dr. Saferstein was a prolific writer who authored numerous papers and had five books published by Prentice-Hall. His name can be found in the membership rolls of numerous professional organizations, which reflect his  broad  range  of  professional  interests.  Dr.  Saferstein  was  a  Fellow  of  the  American  Academy of Forensic Sciences. In 1970 Richard earned a PhD in Chemistry from the City University of New York (CUNY).

    Dr.  Adam  B.  Hall  is  an  Assistant  Professor  within  the  Biomedical  Forensic  Sciences  Program,  Department  of  Anatomy  and  Neurobiology  at  Boston  University  School  of  Medicine  where  he  instructs  and  mentors  graduate  students  in  various  areas  of  foren-sic  chemistry  and  instrumental  analysis.  Dr.  Hall  is  also  the  Associate  Director  of  the  Center  for  Advanced  Research  in  Forensic  Science  (CARFS),  a  jointly  supported  NSF  and NIJ Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in Forensic Science. His  career  has  taken  him  from  the  crime  scene  to  the  crime  lab  as  a  forensic  chem-ist  with  the  Massachusetts  State  Police  Crime  Laboratory  and  now  the  academic  lab.  Previously, he was the Director of the Mass Spectrometry Facility at the Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis, and a Lecturer within the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Stonehill College, a Master’s degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Northeastern University.