Forensic Investigation and Management of Mass Disastersby Matthias I. Okoye, Cyril H. Wecht
Pub. Date: 10/28/2007
Publisher: Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc.
The book covers mass disasters of all types, including acts of terrorism and natural disasters. The twenty-two chapters cover diverse topics from forensic investigation into the cause of the disaster, to identifying and handling the deceased, to legal considerations. You'll will find information on the role of law enforcement in disaster investigation; ways of identifying victims, including DNA analysis and forensic dentistry; the roles of forensic engineers, toxicologists and anthropologists; disaster medicine; and mass disaster litigation. This book also informs you psychopathic behavior and the media in terrorist acts and the psychology at work in terrorist activity. Also included are examples of mass disaster management plans including the National Association of Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Plan.
* Scene investigation
* The role of law enforcement
* DNA and TrueAllele ® Technology in identifying victims
* Dental identification of victims
* The role of the forensic pathologist
* The role of the corner/medical examiner
* The role of funeral directors and mortuary staff
* Forensic engineering and mass disasters
* Forensic anthropologists and mass disasters
* Forensic toxicology and mass disasters
* Forensic entomology and mass disasters
* Rider behavior and human factors issues
* Core competencies in disaster medicine
* Mass disaster litigation
* Disaster management teams
* Disaster management plans
* Biological and chemical terrorism
* Terrorist activity and the psychology behind it
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Scene Investigation: The Role of Law Enforcement
and Forensic Scientists in Bioterrorism and Mass Disasters 1
Henry C. Lee, Ph.D., Major Timothy M. Palmbach, M.S., J.D., and Major
John J. Buturla
Chapter 2. Mass Casualty Identification through DNA Analysis:
Overview, Problems, and Pitfalls 23
Mark W. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chapter 3. Identifying Human Remains Using
TrueAllele(r) Technology 31
Mark W. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chapter 4. Dental Identifications in Mass Disaster Investigations 39
John Filippi, DDS, D-ABFO
Chapter 5. The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in a Mass Disaster 81
Thomas W. Young, M.D. and Matthias I. Okoye, M.D., J.D.
Chapter 6. The Role of the Coroner/Medical Examiner
After a Mass Disaster 91
Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
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Chapter 7. Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Biological
Terrorism: A Guidebook for Surveillance and Case Management 113
Kurt B. Nolte, M.D., Randy L. Hanzlick, M.D., Daniel C. Payne, Ph.D.,
Andrew T. Kroger, M.D. William R. Oliver, M.D., Andrew M. Baker, M.D.,
Dennis E. McGowan, Joyce L. DeJong, D.O., Michael R. Bell, M.D.,
Jeannette Guarner, M.D., Wun-Ju Shieh, M.D., Ph.D., and Sherif R. Zaki,
Chapter 8. The Role of Funeral Directors and Mortuary
Personnel within the DMORT Operations in Mass Disasters 171
Chapter 9. Forensic Engineering in Mass Disasters:
Analysis, Prevention, and Mitigation 181
Steven C. Batterman, Ph.D.
Chapter 10. Psychopathy, Mediaand the Psychology at the Root
of Terrorism and Mass Disasters 189
Michael Welner, M.D.
Chapter 11. Current Trends in Forensic Investigations of
Human Rights Abuse: Human Identification of Mass Graves 221
Erin H. Kimmerle, Ph.D.
Chapter 12. The Role of Forensic Anthropologists in Mass
Disasters and the Issues and Challenges in the Anthropological
Identification of Mass Disaster Victims 241
Erin H. Kimmerle, Ph.D. and Annette Doying, B.A.
Chapter 13. The Application of Forensic Entomology
to Mass Disasters 265
Timothy E. Huntington, M.S.
Chapter 14. Developing Core Competencies in Disaster Medicine 275
David McCann, M.D.
Chapter 15. Mass Disaster Litigation in the United States 285
Bassel F. El-Kasaby, Esq.
Chapter 16. Recent Air Crashes in Nigeria: Legal Considerations 295
Roberta Chizoma Opara
Chapter 17. Recent Mass Disasters in West Africa:
The Urgent Need for Training Forensic Experts in Africa 317
John O. Obafunwa, M.D., F.R.C. Path., L.L.B., Matthias I. Okoye, M.D.,
J.D., and E. J. C. Nwana, M.D., F.M.C. Path.
Chapter 18. Forensic Toxicology in Mass Disasters:
From Specimen Preservation to Toxic Truth 327
Christopher Long, Ph.D.
Chapter 19. Survival Time and Activity Prior to Death
in Fatal Head Trauma: Part I 331
Erin H. Kimmerle, Ph.D., Matthias Okoye, M.D., J.D. and L. Sue Gabriel,
B.S.N., M.F.S., M.S.N.
Chapter 20. Survival Time and Activity Prior to Death
in Fatal Trauma to the Body and Limbs: Part II 343
Erin H. Kimmerle, Ph.D. and Matthias Okoye, M.D., J.D.
Chapter 21. Florida's Disaster Fatality Management Team 355
Larry R. Bedore, M.S., CJ.
Chapter 22. Public Health Aspects and Preventive Measures 375
Bruce W. Dixon, M.D.
Appendix A. National Association of Medical Examiners
Mass Fatality Plan 389
About the Editors 447
About the Authors 449
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