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Description: This is a photographic atlas of the various injury patterns encountered in the practice of forensic pathology.
Audience: The purpose is to demonstrate examples of various types of injury that will be seen by pathologists conducting forensic autopsies. Emphasis is on pattern recognition.
Features: Forensic pathologists and community pathologists who perform forensic autopsies are the aurdience.
Assessment: The atlas divides the topic of forensic pathology into principal etiologies of injury. Topics covered include blunt and sharp force injury, firearm injury, mechanical asphyxia, automobile crashes, and alcohol and drug related deaths, among others. There is also a chapter on pediatric deaths which includes sudden infant death syndrome, child abuse, and accidents. In the interest of brevity, the authors choose not to address sudden natural death, nonautomobile vehicular crashes, forensic odontology, and procedures for victim identification.