Crime and Circumstance: Investigating the History of Forensic Science

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Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves an intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution in an entertaining narrative that introduces readers to intriguing cases and personalities across history, countries, and cultures and helps readers translate what they ...

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Crime and Circumstance: Investigating the History of Forensic Science

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Overview

Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves an intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution in an entertaining narrative that introduces readers to intriguing cases and personalities across history, countries, and cultures and helps readers translate what they encounter in popular media into the reality of forensic science and laboratory investigation.

Through historical and contemporary examples, Bell illustrates how cutting-edge research migrates to forensic laboratories, a transfer that is more indirect than people might expect. Although science and the judicial system both pursue truth, the interface between them is anything but seamless. This unique historical approach focuses on personalities from scientific law enforcement and emphasizes the myriad discoveries made over the years. Through these stories, the reader is introduced to the underlying science in an interesting, lively, and accessible way.

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"Suzanne Bell is a well known and accomplished forensic scientist in the U.S.A., and as such has written this interesting and informative book from her own perspective. However, unlike some other publications on this and like subjects that have originated in America, the author embraces this topic from a world-wide panorama. This book weaves an intriguing and engaging tale of how an obscure corner of medicine, dating back to ancient times, matured into modern forensic science. Along the way the author introduces interesting and absorbing cases and personalities across history, nations and cultures which assists the reader to translate what was encountered then, into the reality of current forensic science and laboratory investigation."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313353864
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,313,640
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

SUZANNE BELL is a forensic chemist at West Virginia University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Diplomate/Technical Specialist certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She serves on the international Scientific Working Group for Seized Drug Analysis. She has published widely in academic journals including the Journal of Forensic Science, Journal of Analytical Toxicology , and Analytical Chemistry. She is the author of the textbook Forensic Chemistry and the Encyclopedia of Forensic Science.

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Table of Contents

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1 Sexy Science? 1

2 The Scene of the Catastrophe 7

3 Uniquely Human 17

4 Settlements and Civilization; Justice and Death 23

5 The Emerging Rules of the Game 29

6 Science and Biology; Alchemy and Chemistry 37

7 One Element's Story 49

8 A Visit from God 65

9 Death Investigation and Forensic Toxicology 83

10 Forensic Chemistry: The Color of Evidence 97

11 The Eye of the Beholder 109

12 Gunpowder and DuPont; Dyes and Polymers 123

13 Microscopy and Trace Evidence 131

14 Patterns I: Firearms and Tool Marks 141

15 Patterns II: Measuring and Mismeasuring Man 149

16 Blood: Forensic Biology Arrives 157

17 DNA: The Genetic in Genetic Markers 173

18 Admissibility and the Trilogy 185

19 Profession and Personalities 191

20 Professional Immaturity 207

21 Let Us Return to the Scene of the Crime 211

Notes 219

Bibliography 225

Index 241

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Seriously?

    50 bucks for one book!?!
    And look at those others. 100.

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