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Children's Literature
Part of the "Innovators" series, this is a fascinating look at the evolution of the current science of forensics. From the first known autopsy performed in 44 B.C. on the body of Julius Caesar after his stabbing assassination, Yeatts explores in succeeding chapters—toxicology, devised to cure the nineteenth-century's spate of arsenic murders; the slow realization of the usefulness of unique fingerprints in crimebusting; ballistics, the study of guns and bullets propelled by the defense of anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti and mobsters like Al Capone. Yeatts brings her history up to date with concluding chapters about DNA, fingerprinting and the uses of other recent innovations such as digital photography and mass spectrometry in crime fighting. All of the above holds far more interest than a layman would ever suspect. Yeatts—a member of Sisters in Crime—tells her stories well, bringing to life both perpetrators and pursuers of justice, while casting useful light on the science involved along the way. Both middle and upper school libraries would do well to make this book available for students who want to get behind the clichés of all those TV cop shows and movies bombarding them. 2001, The Oliver Press,
— Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A tour through the history of forensic science. This work, like Ron Fridell's Solving Crimes (Watts, 2000), focuses on advances in techniques as developed by specific individuals. However, there is very little overlap between the two books. The tidbits Yeatts provides about the investigators' personalities and life histories put a human face on the science. In addition, she does not shy away from trying to make complex areas, such as DNA fingerprinting, understandable to average readers. Information presented in sidebars and captions supplements the text. Average-quality, black-and-white photographs and reproductions, including a number of portraits, illustrate the book. This readable and informative work complements other titles. Those interested in learning investigative techniques may use Kenneth G. Rainis's Crime-Solving Science Projects (Enslow, 2000). Particulars of some of the latest forensic investigative science are described in satisfying detail by Andrea Campbell in Forensic Science: Evidence, Clues, and Investigation (Chelsea, 1999).-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781881508755
  • Publisher: Oliver Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Innovators Series , #8
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: OLIVER PRESS, INC., THE
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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