Forensic Science Handbook / Edition 2

Forensic Science Handbook / Edition 2

by Richard Saferstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 013112434X

ISBN-13: 9780131124349

Pub. Date: 10/08/2004

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Designed to provide practicing scientists with extensive knowledge and reference material to support scientific testimony in the courtroom, this book presents authoritative, updated reviews designed to familiarize the reader with the latest techniques and methods available to forensic scientists. Practitioners will find this volume and its two other

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Overview

Designed to provide practicing scientists with extensive knowledge and reference material to support scientific testimony in the courtroom, this book presents authoritative, updated reviews designed to familiarize the reader with the latest techniques and methods available to forensic scientists. Practitioners will find this volume and its two other companions to be a handy reference for acquiring a working knowledge of examination techniques for a wide-range of crime-scene evidence. This volume focuses on DNA analysis, fiber analysis, drug identification, firearm examination, the microscopic examination of physical evidence, and the characterization of biological stains. An invaluable training aid for those preparing themselves for a career in forensic science, and an invaluable reference handbook for those already in the profession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131124349
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
10/08/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
947,148
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.89(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

1. Mountebanks Among Forensic Scientists.

Introduction.

Categories.

The Academites.

Careerists.

Protocols, Palliatives, Prescriptions, Carminatives, and Nostrums.

2. More Mountebanks.

Introduction.

Howard Bruce Ollick–Toxicologist.

F. Aurelius McKanze–Document Examiner.

Dr. Louise Robbins–Anthropologist.

Michael West–Forensic Dentist.

Pamela Fish–Laboratory Technician.

Joyce Gilchrist–Forensic Chemist.

David Harding–Fingerprint Examiner.

Fred Zain–Serologist.

Reining in Outlaw Forensic Experts.

3. Forensic Capillary Gas Chromatography.

Introduction.

Chromatography.

Capillary Column Chromatography.

Chromatographic Characterization.

Large-Diameter Capillary Columns.

Applications.

Conclusions.

4. Forensic Identification of Illicit Drugs.

Introduction.

The Scope of Illicit Drug Analysis.

Classification of Illicit Drugs.

Considerations in Developing a Scheme of Analysis.

Analytical Methods.

Selected Illicit Drugs.

Clandestine Drug Laboratories.

5. Microscopy and Microchemistry of Physical Evidence.

Collection and Examination of Microtraces.

A Catalog of Some Microtraces with Suggestion for Their Identification and Comparison.

Conclusion.

Acknowledgements.

6. An Introduction to the Forensic Aspects of Textile Fiber Examination.

Introduction.

Fiber Classification.

How Fibers Occur as Physical Evidence.

Fiber Recovery.

Fiber Identification.

Fiber Comparison.

The Significance of Fiber Evidence.

The Future of Forensic Fiber Examination.

Acknowledgements.

7. Forensic Mitochondrial DNA Analysis.

Comparison of Mitochondrial and Nuclear DNA.

Organization of the Mitochondrial DNA Genome.

Steps in a Mitochondrial DNA Analysis.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control.

Heteroplasmy.

Interpretation Guidelines.

Databases.

Statistical Analysis.

Conclusions.

Acknowledgements.

8. The Identification of Semen and Other Bodily Fluids.

Identification of Semen.

Identification of Vaginal Material.

Identification of Saliva.

Identification of Feces.

Identification of Urine.

Identification of Miscellaneous Body Fluids.

Appendix 1: Mup Mapping Protocol.

Appendix 2: The Lugol Technique.

Appendix 3: Amylase Mapping.

Acknowledgements.

9. Firearms Identification.

Introduction.

Types of Firearms.

Manufacture of Firearms.

Construction of Firearm Ammunition.

Historical Background.

Processing of Firearms Evidence at Scenes of Crimes.

Preliminary Examination of Firearms.

Preliminary Examination of Fired Bullets and Cartridges.

Examination of Fired Cartridges.

The Drugfire and IBIS Systems.

Estimation of the Range of Fire.

Sawed-Off Shotguns.

Silenced Firearms.

Elemental Analysis of Bullets and Shotgun Pellets.

Appendix 9-1: The Restoration of Stamped Serial Numbers.

Appendix 9-2: Description of Rifling Characteristics Data Base.

Appendix 9-3: Chemical Tests for Gunshot Residue.

Index.

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