Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, this third edition of a bestseller provides critical updates to information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics, wound ballistics, and the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, rifles, and shotguns. It also explains autopsy techniques and procedures and laboratory analyses relating to weapons and gunshot evidence. A much-needed update after nearly 20 years, the third edition of Gunshot Wounds provides the latest and most thorough information on firearms and best practices for examining firearm-related wounds.
Table of Contents
Firearms and Ammunition. Forensic Aspects of Ballistics. Wound Ballistics. Introduction to the Classification of Gunshot Wounds. Wounds due to Handguns. Wounds from Rimfire Firearms. Wounds from Centerfire Rifles. Wounds from Shotguns. Bloody Bodies and Bloody Scenes. Weapons and Ammunition: Miscellaneous. X-Rays. Detection of Gunshot Residues. Correct Handling of Deaths from Firearms. Suicide by Firearms. Appendices.
Vincent J.M. Di Maio, MD, was a medical examiner and then deputy chief medical examiner in Dallas County, Texas. He then became the chief medical examiner in Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas from 1981 to 2006. He obtained his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is board-certified in anatomical, clinical, and forensic pathology. He has over 40 years of experience as a forensic pathologist and has been recognized with several awards. He is a fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has authored many scientific publications, letters, and medical textbook chapters, has written three other texts in forensic psychology, and is editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology.