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1st Edition

Interpol's Forensic Science Review

ISBN 9781439826584
Published February 18, 2010 by CRC Press
798 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $190.00

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Book Description

Every three years, worldwide forensics experts gather at the Interpol Forensic Science Symposium to exchange ideas and discuss scientific advances in the field of forensic science and criminal justice. Drawn from contributions made at the latest gathering in Lyon, France, Interpol’s Forensic Science Review is a one-source reference providing a comprehensive literature review of each of the subject areas.

Divided into five sections spanning the spectrum of forensic analysis, the book begins with chemical criminalistics, starting with a chapter on the forensic examination of fibres. Next, it examines firearms and ballistics, toolmarks, footwear impressions, and other contact marks such as tire treads. A chapter on forensic geology includes related sciences such as palynology. The first section concludes with a review of articles concerning paint and glass and methods for analysis of these substances.

The second section focuses on drugs and toxicology. It examines improvements in the detection and analysis of abused substances, highlighting tests that are faster, more discriminatory, more sensitive, and less costly, providing hundreds of references to various studies conducted worldwide.

Shifting to an exploration of electronic evidence, the next section begins with forensic audio and visual evidence and then moves to digital evidence found on computers and telecommunication and electronic multimedia devices, an area that has exploded in technological progress since the last symposium.

The fourth section of the book begins with a discussion of hazardous materials, including chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear substances. It discusses new developments in environmental forensic science, with an increased emphasis on the field work necessary in investigation as well as advice on suggested equipment and online educational resources. The section concludes with a discussion of the analysis and detection of explosives and explosive residues, as well as scientific methods applied to fire cause and fire debris analysis.

Finally, the book focuses on individual identification. It examines biological evidence screening and advances in DNA profiling during the past three years and explores questioned documents with a discussion of ink analysis and handwriting. The book concludes with a survey of the literature concerning fingerprints, bitemarks, and other impressions.

The international scope of contributions to this volume makes it the most comprehensive source of information in the field today. Supplemented by hundreds of references to periodicals, textbooks, internet sources, and the proceedings of various working groups, the book identifies trends and their potential effects on forensic science and creates bridges with the international forensic science community supporting Interpol’s mission.

Table of Contents

Chemical Criminalistics

The Forensic Examination of Fibres, R. Palmer

Firearms, S. Charles, J. De Ceuster, P. De Smet, D. Laza, B. Nys

The Forensic Examination of Marks, N. Levin

Forensic Geology, R. Sugita, S. Suzuki, Y. Katsumata

Paint and Glass, M. J. Bradley, A. L. Hobbs, D. M. Wright, R. D. Koons

Drugs and Toxicology

Drugs, J. Comparin

Toxicology, S. C. Leung, W. M. Tam, W. C. Cheng, F. S. Y. Chan, C. W. Hung, T. T. Wong, B. K. O. Leung, W. S. Hui, W. S. Lee, W. L. Mak

Electronic Evidence

Forensic Audio and Visual Evidence, J. Bijhold, A. Ruifrok, M. Jessen, Z. Geradts, S. Ehrhardt, I. Alberink

Digital Evidence, P. Reedy, B. Diplock, M. Dunlop

Fire, Explosives, and Hazardous Materials

Hazardous Materials: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear, P. Baines

Environmental Forensic Science, J. A. Suggs, D. A. Love

Analysis and Detection of Explosives and Explosives Residues, S. Doyle, G. Czarnopys

Fire Scene and Fire Debris Analysis, G. Zadora, R. Borusiewicz

Individual Evidence

Biological Evidence and Forensic DNA Profiling, R. M. Fourney, A. N. DesRoches, J. L. Buckle

Questioned Documents, T. Fritz, F. Partouche

Fingermarks, Bitemarks and Other Impressions (Barefoot, Ears, Lips), A. Becue, C. Champod, P. A. Margot


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Niamh Nic Daéid with the Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Max M. Houck is with West Virginia University in Morgantown.


...An extremely valuable book in my opinion, especially as it gives major developments occurring in last "three years in all major disciplines of forensic sciences. If you want to keep up with the latest in forensics and do not have the time (or desire) to go through multiple journal volumes, this book is for you…

Anil Aggrawal’s Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Vol. 11, No. 2, July-Dec. 2010