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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer Forsyth, M.D.(City of St. Louis)
Description: This book covers a multitude of topics within the purview of forensic medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an academic update of current topics in forensics. The preface indicates that this will "act as a forerunner to a regular, multivolume text" that will cover additional topics. The topics are covered well.
Audience: Although written primarily for forensic pathologists, the book provides great deal of useful information to other specialists who deal with the forensic sciences (i.e., attorneys and death investigators). The authors are predominantly British or Australian and the legal chapters are most pertinent to the judicial systems in those countries.
Features: The book covers some controversial topics in forensic medicine, which are exactly the ones that should be discussed, bringing readers up to date on current thinking and providing current references. However, some of the chapters might be better covered elsewhere. Specifically, the chapters on photography and DNA analysis are more completely covered in other books and are not particularly relevant in a book on current and controversial topics in forensic medicine.
Assessment: Most of the topics are extremely useful for newly trained and in-training forensic pathologists. The book provides a concise summary of controversial topics with good references, although some chapters are less pertinent.