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Overview

The second edition of Fundamentals of Forensic Science is thoroughly updated and revised to include the lates information and advances in the field. It presents a complete look at the core disiplines, emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. Using real-life cases, Fundamentals of Forensic Science reflects how professional forensic scientists work, not how forensic science academicians teach. The binding principles of forensic science are demonstrated: the transferred evidence; the context of those people, places, and things; and the meaningfulness of the physical evidence discovered along with its value in the justice system. A crime scene is a piece of recent history—with the evidence telling the story. Written by two of the leading experts in forensic science today, Fundamentals of Forensic Science approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective.

Key Features
• Over 250 vivid, color illustrations that diagram key concepts and depict evidence encountered in the field
• Straightforward unit organization that includes key terms, numerous feature boxes emphasizing online resources, historical events and figures in forensic science, practical issues in laboratory analysis, and topics for further reading
• Effective pedagogy—including end-of-chapter questions—paired with a clear writing style makes this an invaluable resource for professors and students of forensic science

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"[A] complete look at the core disciplines, emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. For example, a chapter on "Forensic Hair Examinations" begins by explaining how hair grows and its microanatomy, before moving on to discuss how to differentiate between human and non-human hair, how to estimate the ethnicity or ancestry of an individual from hair, and the process of comparing a known hair sample to a questioned hair. It is written and organized in a logical and practical manner that engages the reader to learn more."—Evidence Technology Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123567628
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 4/14/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Max M. Houck is the Director of the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University, a program that develops research and professional training for forensic scientists and related professionals. Mr. Houck is a trace evidence expert and forensic anthropologist who was assigned to the Trace Evidence Unit at the FBI Laboratory from 1992 to 2001. While at the FBI, Mr. Houck worked over 800 cases, including several major cases. Before joining WVU, he was assigned to Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, to assist with the examination and identification of the victims of the 9-11-01 Pentagon attack. Mr. Houck is the recipient of an FBI Performance Award and the ASTM Forensic Sciences Award in 2000. Mr. Houck is the editor of two volumes of case reviews, Mute Witnesses and Trace Evidence Analysis, both published with Academic Press.

Jay Siegel is Director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from George Washington University. He worked for 3 years at the Virginia Bureau of Forensic Sciences, analyzing drugs, fire residues and trace evidence. From 1980 to 2004 he was professor of forensic chemistry and Director of the forensic science program at Michigan State University in the School of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Siegel has testified over 200 times as an expert witness in 12 states, Federal Court and Military Court. He is Editor in Chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, author of Forensic Science: A Beginner’s Guide and Fundamentals of Forensic Science and has over 30 publications in forensic science journals. Dr. Siegel was awarded the 2005 Paul Kirk Award for lifetime achievement in forensic science. In February 2009, he was named Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. In April 2009 he was named the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award by his alma mater, George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Crime Scene Investigation
3. The Nature of Evidence
4. Microscopy
5. Light and Matter
6. Separation Methods
7. Pathology
8. Anthropology and Odontology
9. Entomology
10. Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
11. DNA Analysis
12. Forensic Hair Examinations
13. Illicit Drugs
14. Forensic Toxicology
15. Textile Fibers
16. Paint Analysis
17. Soil and Glass
18. Fires and Explosions
19. Friction Ridge Examination
20. Questioned Documents
21. Firearms and Tool Marks
22. Impression Evidence
23. Legal Aspects of Forensic Science

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