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Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques, Third Edition reaches beyond the scope of other Introductory texts to provide a powerful reference for professionals and students alike. The new edition of this perennial bestseller covers a range of fundamental topics essential to modern forensic investigation and includes the technical detail needed to understand the breadth of the science. Featuring contributions from top experts in the field discussing their own oases, this volume delves into all aspects of investigation, both out in the field and in the lab, providing vocabulary, investigation protocols, and laboratory procedures, while also explaining the roles of forensic scientists and pathologists. It covers firearm examination, forensic DNA, footwear and tire track evidence, and bloodstain patterns, as well as vehicular accident reconstruction, forensic engineering, and cybercrime. More than 400 photographs, most in color, provide significant insight while still being appropriate for students.

Criminal profiling, cyberforensics, accident reconstruction. Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques is the first introductory text to present forensic science in its broadest sense, encompassing classic criminalistics and beyond.Packed with over 350 full-color illustrations, the book offers a cutting-edge presentation of criminalistics and related laboratory subjects, covering:Trace EvidenceForensic ToxicologyDNA Analysis and its Legal AspectsQuestioned DocumentsDrug AnalysisCrime Scene InvestigationFirearms and Tool marksBiological FluidsFingerprintsIn addition, you get full-chapter, state-of-the-art accounts of topics such as:Forensic Pathology and Traumatic DeathForensic OdontologyForensic AnthropologyForensic TaphonomyRecognition of Bloodstain PatternsFootwear EvidenceTire Imprint EvidenceForensic EngineeringVehicular Accident ReconstructionComputer CrimeForensic Psychology, Psychiatry, and ProfilingHighly respected experts active in each discipline share their expertise, their cases, and up-to-date techniques, while careful editing has made that information accessible to non-scientists. Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques offers a clear, comprehensive overview that reveals the breadth and richness of the forensic sciences to students entering the field and practitioners who need to collaborate outside their disciplines.

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Encompassing classic criminalistics and the latest techniques, this introductory text presents forensic science with cases and techniques made accessible to nonscientists at the advanced high school and undergraduate level. The text covers forensic pathology and related specialties, evaluation of the crime scene, forensic science in the laboratory, forensic engineering, cybertechnology and forensic science, forensic application of the social sciences, and legal and ethical issues in forensic science. Learning features include quizes, an extensive glossary, numerous color photos, and appendices on professional guidelines, safety precautions, and web sites. The authors are forensic consultants. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

…James and Nordby have enlisted the hemisphere's leading experts in his or her individual field of expertise to explain and educate the reader to the topic at hand … I found the book to be concise, very informative, and easy to understand … For the college/university student, this book has the potential to be ranked as the 'must have' textbook … As a former crime scene investigator and current adjunct instructor, I believe this book to be a noteworthy addition to any private or agency library. Accordingly, it could easily fulfill the curriculum mandate for a general forensic science class at either the freshman or second-year post-secondary school level … the third edition of Forensic Science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques is not only a premiere reference textbook, but with its palatable price tag, this reference manual makes for a worthwhile academic investment either in or out of the classroom.
—Craig C. Moore, Constable, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario, Canada, Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal, Vol. 43 No. 1, March 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849327476
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 778
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stuart H. James is a forensic consultant with James and Associates Forensic Consultants, Inc., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has been a consultant on cases in 47 states as well as in Australia, Canada, England, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has given expert testimony in state, federal, and military courts. Mr. James is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a charter and distinguished member of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, and a member of the FBI’s Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN).

Jon J. Nordby works as a forensic science consultant for Final Analysis Forensics, an independent consulting practice in death investigation, forensic science, and forensic medicine. He specializes in scene reconstruction, evidence recognition, collection, and analysis, as well as bloodstain pattern analysis and the investigation of police shootings. His many publications include the book Dead Reckoning: The Art of Forensic Detection. Dr. Nordby is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and belongs to the Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction and the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Here we stand : what a forensic scientist does 1
Ch. 2 The role of the forensic pathologist 15
Ch. 3 Forensic nursing 27
Ch. 4 Investigation of traumatic deaths 43
Ch. 5 Forensic toxicology 61
Ch. 6 Forensic odontology 79
Ch. 7 Forensic anthropology 99
Ch. 8 Forensic taphonomy 119
Ch. 9 Forensic entomology 135
Ch. 10 Crime scene investigation 167
Ch. 11 Recognition of bloodstain patterns 189
Ch. 12 The forensic laboratory 219
Ch. 13 Identification and characterization of blood and bloodstains 237
Ch. 14 Identification of biological fluids and stains 261
Ch. 15 Techniques of DNA analysis 279
Ch. 16 Microanalysis and examination of trace evidence 315
Ch. 17 Fingerprints 341
Ch. 18 Forensic footwear evidence 361
Ch. 19 Forensic tire impression and tire track evidence 377
Ch. 20 Firearm and tool mark examinations 391
Ch. 21 Questioned documents 423
Ch. 22 Analysis of controlled substances 441
Ch. 23 Structural failures 471
Ch. 24 Basic fire and explosion investigation 489
Ch. 25 Vehicular accident reconstruction 511
Ch. 26 Use of computers in forensic science 535
Ch. 27 Investigation of computer-related crime 553
Ch. 28 Forensic psychology 573
Ch. 29 Forensic psychiatry 593
Ch. 30 Serial offenders : linking cases by modus operandi and signature 605
Ch. 31 Criminal personality profiling 615
Ch. 32 Countering chaos : logic, ethics, and the criminal justice system 637
Ch. 33 Forensic evidence 649
Ch. 34 Legal issues in forensic DNA 667
App. A DNA Advisory Board (DAB) guidelines 683
App. B Biohazard safety precautions 695
App. C Forensic Websites 701
App. D Trigonometric tables : sine and tangent functions 707
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