Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigator's Handbook / Edition 2

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Overview

Dental evidence may produce positive associations to victim identity, suspect identity, or elimination of suspects under investigation. These determinations can affect the direction and ultimate outcome of police and judicial efforts. Forensic Dental Evidence delivers core information urgently needed by low enforcement, coroners, crime scene personnel, investigators and medical-legal personnel to ensure credible forensic dental investigations. Forensic Dental Evidence establishes a foundation for dental investigation methodology -- not only the reasons and the need behind the protocols, but the processes that should be used in gathering and preserving evidence to extract vital physical (impression) or biological (DNA) information. Included are details on how to identify various types of dental evidence, how to document, collect and preserve the evidence and the legal requirements regarding collection, storage and chain of custody issues.

Audience: Crime Scene Investigators, Law Enforcement Personnel, Law Enforcement Trainers, Forensic Scientists, Forensic Dentists, Forensic Nurses, Sexual Assault Nurses, Lawyers, Forensic Pathologists.

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"This book, really more impressively a treatise, leaves no (dental) stone unturned in explicating the history, the savoir faire, the investigative potential, the litigation and the research firmly establishing the foundations of dental identifications in the firmament of the forensic sciences." - James E Starrs, Professor Emeritus of Law & Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University

"Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigator's Handbook is a must-read for all participants in the criminal justice system--judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators and police, to name a few--as well as all forensic odontologists. C. Michael Bowers, one of the world's most renowned forensic dental experts, draws upon a wealth of his expertise and that of others to put forth in a highly accessible book information and guidance that will surely prevent misidentifications and wrongful convictions." - Maurice Possley, Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School, Santa Clara, CA; Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist "...this book comprehensively covers concepts and protocols necessary for criminal investigation involving dental evidence and will be of educational value and interest to many categories of reader. It is practical, up to date, informative, well-illustrated and appropriately cautionary."-- Judith A Hinchliffe, Independent Forensic Odontologist, New Zealand in Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121210427
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/3/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Michael Bowers, DDS, JD is a practicing forensic dentist and consultant who has testified and worked on hundreds of cases where dental evidence has been involved. He is a former Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, a Senior Crime Scene Analyst for the International Association for Identification (IAI) and has written other articles, chapters and books on forensic dentistry. He owns and operates his own dental practice in Ventura, CA.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. 1 Dental Detectives 1
Ch. 2 The Evidence, the Forensic Dentist and Dental Analysis 33
Ch. 3 Recognition, Recovery and Analysis of Bite Mark Evidence 67
Ch. 4 DNA and Forensic Odontology 107
Ch. 5 Physical Abuse and Forensic Dentistry: The Diagnosis of Violence 117
Ch. 6 Dental Investigations in Mass Disaster Incidents 139
Ch. 7 The Use of Digital Imaging in Human Identification 155
Ch. 8 Legal Issues in Forensic Odontology 179
Ch. 9 Photography and Forensic Dental Evidence 191
Index 203
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