Forensic Science Handbook / Edition 2by Richard Saferstein
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/b>… See more details below
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.
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Table of Contents
1. Mountebanks Among Forensic Scientists.
Protocols, Palliatives, Prescriptions, Carminatives, and Nostrums.
2. More Mountebanks.
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.
Reining in Outlaw Forensic Experts.
3. Forensic Capillary Gas Chromatography.
Capillary Column Chromatography.
Large-Diameter Capillary Columns.
4. Forensic Identification of Illicit Drugs.
The Scope of Illicit Drug Analysis.
Classification of Illicit Drugs.
Considerations in Developing a Scheme of Analysis.
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.
6. An Introduction to the Forensic Aspects of Textile Fiber Examination.
How Fibers Occur as Physical Evidence.
The Significance of Fiber Evidence.
The Future of Forensic Fiber Examination.
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.
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.
9. Firearms Identification.
Types of Firearms.
Manufacture of Firearms.
Construction of Firearm Ammunition.
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.
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.
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