This book highlights the contributions of leading forensic science practitioners, iconic figures who have been integral in both establishing current scientific and medicolegal practices and innovative evidence collection, testing, and analysis methods. Such professionals include Henry Lee, Michael Baden, William Bass, Jay Siegel, John Butler, Cyril Wecht, Vincent Di Maio, Marcella Fierro, Barry Fisher, and more. Previously unpublished interviews with these pioneers in the field, expressly undertaken for the purposes this book, examine the last 30 years—past trends that have shaped the field—as well as current and emerging trends that have, and will shape, the future of forensic science.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: The Forensic Science Experts: Pioneers, Masters, and Students
Chapter Two: Flaws and Fraud: The Accusations Against Forensic Science
Chapter Three: Quality Improvement in Forensic Laboratories
Chapter Four: Quality Improvement in Forensic Medicine Facilities
Chapter Five: Celebrity and the Forensic Scientist
Chapter Six: The Future of Forensic Science
Kelly M. Pyrek is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor of regional and national newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. She holds established professional relationships with prominent members of the forensic science, legal and healthcare communities. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she currently works in healthcare trade journal publishing. She is the author of three other books: Forensic Nursing (CRC Press, 2006), Forensic Science Under Siege (Elsevier, 2007) and Healthcare Crime: Investigating Abuse, Fraud, and Homicide by Caregivers (CRC Press, 2011).