Guide to Forensic Pathology / Edition 1

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Guide to Forensic Pathology provides a concise overview of forensic pathology to those who wish to know the basics but lack formal forensic training. Both fascinating and practical, this book explains everything from who the experts are in death investigation and what their roles are to how effective testimonies are presented in court. The importance of forensic DNA testing is emphasized with a separate section in this timely reference guide.

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This new edition of has been expanded and re-structured, but retains much of the original content. It includes photographs, case studies, advice on testifying, frequently asked questions, a glossary of medical terms, guidelines for the death scene investigator, as well as information on determining the time and manner of death, identifying the victim, and forensic DNA testing. Though intended for death investigators, the book may also be useful to medical students, pathology residents, pathologists, coroners, medical examiners, and homicide detectives. Dix is a medical examiner in Boone County Missouri. Both Dix and Calaluce teach pathology at University of Missouri. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849302671
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Experts Encountered in Death Investigation
Investigation and Autopsy
Guidelines for the Death Scene Investigator Mary Fran Ernst
Forensic Pathology
Cause, Manner, and Mechanism of Death
Time of Death, Decomposition, and Identification
Sudden Natural Death
Cutting and Stabbing
Drugs and Alcohol
Asphyxia and Drowning
Electrical and Thermal and Exposure to Extreme Temperatures
Blunt Trauma: General and Motor Vehicle-Pedestrian
Blunt Head Trauma
Pediatric Forensic Pathology
Forensic DNA Testing
DNA Structure
Technical Considerations
Statistical Basis for Interpretation
Concluding Remarks
Commonly Asked Questions
Helpful Hints in Testifying
Appendix A: Photographs
Appendix B: Medical Terminology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2005

    First Rate Book For Anyone

    This book is a great way to learn about forensic pathology. Wither your are intrested in pathology and want a book that will give you the basics of what a pathgist deal with or you need a refference book for quick checks this is the book for you. Easy to read and understand this book will give you and introduction and the exciting world of forensic pathology.

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