Forensic Neuropathology

Forensic Neuropathology

by Jan E. Leestma
     
 

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Over the past 30 years, as both forensic pathology and neuropathology have grown in sophistication, the two specialties have forged a heightened level of interaction. Reflecting the vast increase in knowledge and scientific progress in the past two decades, Forensic Neuropathology, Second Edition examines the new developments that have arisen since the

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Over the past 30 years, as both forensic pathology and neuropathology have grown in sophistication, the two specialties have forged a heightened level of interaction. Reflecting the vast increase in knowledge and scientific progress in the past two decades, Forensic Neuropathology, Second Edition examines the new developments that have arisen since the publication of the first volume.

New in this Edition:

  • All chapters revised and updated
  • Expanded information on biomechanics of neurotrauma
  • Latest findings on child abuse, impact injuries to the head and spine, and intracranial pressure effects
  • Greater focus on the effects of new Supreme Court rulings on the admissibility of evidence
  • Nearly 300 high-quality color photographs

This updated text comprehensively reviews all aspects of neuropathology that may have forensic or medical-legal import. The book presents significant coverage of the role of the neuropathologist in a legal setting before delving into specific forensic aspects of neuropathology, including comprehensive discussions of various syndromes and conditions affecting adults and children. It discusses intracranial equilibria and physical injury to the nervous system and contains entire chapters devoted to neuropathology perspectives on child abuse, gunshot and other penetrating wounds of the nervous system, and the forensic aspects of complex neural functions. This timely revision maintains the breadth and depth of the benchmark first edition while replacing outdated information with the newest developments in these complex areas.

Dr. Jan E. Leestma is a world-renowned forensic neuropathologist and is the author of more than a hundred professional publications. He has given expert testimony in more than thirty states, Canada, and the UK. This highly detailed work, which includes the contributions of experts in the fields of biomechanics, neurology, pathology, and the law, is sure to complement the growing literature in this fast-developing area.

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This new edition of the publication, which has served as a major reference source to the forensic community for over two decades, becomes available to the readers contemporaneously with several other high quality publications from the field, and it is largely assumed that such a treatise is to reflect previously established teaching concepts with inevitable apodictic flavor. Jan Leestma simply proves the opposite through this genuine effort of complete rewriting of the original text and realigns it with decades of personal experience from his busy practice as a consulting neuropathologist. The endeavor is surely re-enforced by the highly acclaimed contributors.
—Ljubisa J. Dragovic, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, Oakland County, Pontiac, Michigan, in Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 55, No. 1

… the chapters that deal with head trauma and cerebrovascular disease were particularly well written and relevant to my own practice. … I found the book very useful and would recommend it to pathologists, coroners, as well as to clinicians called to give expert opinions in both civil and criminal courts.

—Paul V. Marks, Consultant Neurosurgeon, The General Infirmary at Leeds, UK

I spent lot of time looking at the illustrative pictures, and gained much simply by looking at them. In my opinion, this book should be very useful to forensic pathologists, forensic neuropathologists, clinicians, medical examiners and law enforcement officers.

—Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

… an authoritative and comprehensive text which covers the relevant neuropathology in considerable detail. … the broad principles will stand anyone who finds themselves acting as an expert witness in good stead. …There is a consistency in style, which is sometimes lacking from multi-author texts.
—Mark Walker, Wiley Online Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780881673388
Publisher:
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date:
11/01/1987
Pages:
464

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From the Publisher
This new edition of the publication, which has served as a major reference source to the forensic community for over two decades, becomes available to the readers contemporaneously with several other high quality publications from the field, and it is largely assumed that such a treatise is to reflect previously established teaching concepts with inevitable apodictic flavor. Jan Leestma simply proves the opposite through this genuine effort of complete rewriting of the original text and realigns it with decades of personal experience from his busy practice as a consulting neuropathologist. The endeavor is surely re-enforced by the highly acclaimed contributors.
—Ljubisa J. Dragovic, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, Oakland County, Pontiac, Michigan, in Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol. 55, No. 1

… the chapters that deal with head trauma and cerebrovascular disease were particularly well written and relevant to my own practice. … I found the book very useful and would recommend it to pathologists, coroners, as well as to clinicians called to give expert opinions in both civil and criminal courts.

—Paul V. Marks, Consultant Neurosurgeon, The General Infirmary at Leeds, UK

I spent lot of time looking at the illustrative pictures, and gained much simply by looking at them. In my opinion, this book should be very useful to forensic pathologists, forensic neuropathologists, clinicians, medical examiners and law enforcement officers.

—Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

… an authoritative and comprehensive text which covers the relevant neuropathology in considerable detail. … the broad principles will stand anyone who finds themselves acting as an expert witness in good stead. …There is a consistency in style, which is sometimes lacking from multi-author texts.
—Mark Walker, Wiley Online Library

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