Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques

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Written by the nation's foremost authority on gunshot wounds and forensic techniques as they relate to firearm injuries, Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, Second Edition provides critical information on gunshot wounds and the weapons and ammunition used to inflict them. The book describes practical aspects of ballistics; wound ballistics; the classification of various wounds caused by handguns, rifles, and shotguns; autopsy technique and procedure; and laboratory analysis relating to weapons and gunshot evidence.

"The authoritative 2nd edition includes new coverage of DNA and cytology, bang guns, rubber & plastic bullets, and more, as well as 78 new photographs...written by the nation's foremost expert on the subject."

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With some 78 new horrific black-and-white photographs, and expanded discussions and references, a Texas county chief medical examiner updates the 1985 edition as guns continue to account for the majority of murders and suicides. Dr. Di Maio covers all the bloody bases: from types of firearms and ammunitions to the latest in forensic analyses (e.g. DNA typing of tissue on bullets). Appends myths and facts about "stopping power" and hollow-point pistol ammunition, and a section on the forensic autopsy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Editor's Note
1 Firearms and Ammunition 1
2 The Forensic Aspects of Ballistics 33
3 Wound Ballistics 53
4 An Introduction to the Classification of Gunshot Wounds 65
5 Wounds Due to Handguns 123
6 Wounds from .22 Caliber Rimfire Weapons 153
7 Wounds from Centerfire Rifles 167
8 Wounds from Shotguns 203
9 Bloody Bodies and Bloody Scenes 253
10 Miscellaneous Weapons and Ammunition 277
11 X-rays 315
12 Detection of Gunshot Residues 327
13 Correct Handling of Deaths from Firearms 347
14 Suicide by Firearms 355
App. A "Stopping Power" and Hollow-Point Pistol Ammunition: Myths and Facts 379
App. B The Forensic Autopsy in Gunshot Wound Cases 383
Index 389
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