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Guide to Forensic Pathology

1st Edition

By Jay Dix, Robert Calaluce

CRC Press

272 pages

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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.


"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 ammunition…an 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

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science