Atlas of Forensic Histopathology

Overview

This atlas describes the histologic changes relevant to the modern practice of forensic pathology. It guides the reader through the common questions that the forensic pathologist will need to answer in relation to the cause of death, such as: is this feature artifact or is this real? What does this signify? How old is this injury? The book focuses on key issues of forensic importance — e.g. sudden death, environmental deaths, injury timing, suspected child abuse and bioterrorism. The book is highly illustrated ...

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Overview

This atlas describes the histologic changes relevant to the modern practice of forensic pathology. It guides the reader through the common questions that the forensic pathologist will need to answer in relation to the cause of death, such as: is this feature artifact or is this real? What does this signify? How old is this injury? The book focuses on key issues of forensic importance — e.g. sudden death, environmental deaths, injury timing, suspected child abuse and bioterrorism. The book is highly illustrated with color photographs to increase the understanding of changes related to disease, decomposition and artifact. All illustrations are also available on a CD-ROM packaged with the book. Ideal as a source of quick reference next to the microscope, this is essential reading for forensic pathologists, forensic pathology fellows, pathologists who consult in forensic cases, pathology residents, autopsy pathologists, coroners and forensic investigators.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jennifer Forsyth, M.D.(City of St. Louis)
Description: To my knowledge, until now there has been no atlas of histology specific to forensics, which, at the training level, has been a sorely missed reference. The atlas is well organized by type of injury.
Purpose: The authors' clearly stated objectives are to fill an educational gap. Little has been written about forensic histology, which is markedly different than the histology taught in medical school or in anatomic pathology. This book is a great addition to any training forensic pathologist's library.
Audience: It is written for forensic fellows during their training and new to practice, and it is right on the mark. This is a terrific book for this audience — and one that has been missing.
Features: The atlas has a fantastic layout and is well organized into types of injuries. The photomicrographs, which are the real meat of the book, are huge and of excellent quality. The captions for the photomicrographs are well written with arrows and other identifying marks to provide added clarity. My only wish is that the book had been more inclusive. In an area that has been poorly represented in the literature, this atlas is a great start, but I look forward to a second edition with twice as much information.
Assessment: The quality of this book is excellent. I look forward to a more comprehensive second edition.
From the Publisher
'The book is everything I ever dreamt of, and then some. The neuropathological images alone make the book worth buying, as they are more illustrative than the textbooks I know. Thank you very much! I am sure that I will look back at this book as the biggest leap I ever took in my training, and I'll make sure that the future trainees will benefit from that.' Asser H. Thomsen, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511920905
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2013

Meet the Author

Peter M. Cummings, MD is Medical Examiner and Director of Forensic Neuropathology, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA.

Darin P. Trelka, MD, Ph.D. is Associate Medical Examiner, Broward County Medical Examiner and Trauma Services, FL, USA.

Kimberley M. Springer, MD is Medical Examiner, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, USA.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Post injury intervals; 2. Decomposition; 3. Thrombotic and embolic lesions; 4. Aspiration and drowning; 5. Poisoning; 6. Injuries; 7. Sudden death; 8. Pediatrics - special topics; Index.
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