- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
A husband preserved in mothballs, a vigilante victim encased in red mud, and convicts beaten and burned in a prison riot are only a few of the cases of death examined here by forensic anthropologist Stanley Rhine. Drawing on cases he worked for the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator, Rhine demonstrates how unidentified skeletal remains indicate race, sex, age, height, and ultimately identity and how the specialist decodes skeletal anomalies to establish cause of death. Blunt trauma, gunshot and knife wounds, and other injuries receive his attention.
Step by step the author explains the techniques used to solve forensic mysteries. At the end of each case, he explains what lessons the forensic anthropologist learns from the bones. Rhine also explores specific problems and tasks: working mass disasters; recovering bodies from the field; defleshing bones; examining charred and badly decomposed remains; testifying before juries; and others.
|Introduction: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Morgue|
|1||A Premature Funeral: Bones and Fire||1|
|2||Picking up the Pieces: Search, Discovery, and Recovery of Bodies||21|
|3||The Skeleton in the Closet: The Flow of Information to and from the Forensic Anthropologist||53|
|4||Listening to the Bones: Determination of Age, Sex, Stature, Race, and Other Things||77|
|5||The End of the World: Decomposed Bodies, Autopsies, and Case Reports||109|
|6||Forensic Anthropology: A Short History||131|
|7||To Mexico ... the Long Way: The Intricacies of Identification||155|
|8||Medicolegal Investigation: The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator||181|
|9||Nefarious Application of Force to the Skeleton: Sharp and Blunt Force Skeletal Trauma||203|
|10||A Plethora of Bodies: Forensic Anthropology in Mass Disasters||225|
Posted January 21, 2003
This is an incredible book for anyone interested in forensic anthropology, or simply forensic science in general. The cases are fascinating and the author's presentation adept. I highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.