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1st Edition

Guide to Forensic Pathology

ISBN 9780849302671
Published July 15, 1998 by CRC Press
272 Pages

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Book Description

Guide to Forensic Pathology provides a concise overview of forensic pathology to those who wish to know the basics but lack formal forensic training. Both fascinating and practical, this book explains everything from who the experts are in death investigation and what their roles are to how effective testimonies are presented in court. The importance of forensic DNA testing is emphasized with a separate section in this timely reference guide.

Table of Contents

Experts Encountered in Death Investigation
Investigation and Autopsy
Guidelines for the Death Scene Investigator Mary Fran Ernst
Forensic Pathology
Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death
Time of Death, Decomposition, and Identification
Sudden Natural Death
Cutting and Stabbing
Drugs and Alcohol
Asphyxia and Drowning
Electrical and Thermal and Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
Blunt Trauma: General and Motor Vehicle-Pedestrian
Blunt Head Trauma
Pediatric Forensic Pathology
Forensic DNA Testing
DNA Structure
Technical Considerations
Statistical Basis for Interpretation
Concluding Remarks
Commonly Asked Questions
Helpful Hints in Testifying
Appendix A: Photographs
Appendix B: Medical Terminology

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"The range of conditions described emphasizes the massive combined experience of these authors, and the objective style of the text makes this an extremely valuable reference for every forensic pathologist and an excellent teaching medium for those who are working for their boards or other qualifications."
- Journal of the Forensic Science Society

"...An excellent presentation of gunshot injuries including an abundance of information regarding weapons and absolute necessity within the library of any individual who deals with gunshot injuries."
- Irvin M. Sopher, M.D.
Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia