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From The CriticsReviewer: Katie L Dennis, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive book covers all aspects of investigating and interpreting findings in cases of child abuse, neglect, and death. From clinical interview and assessment procedures, to postmortem examination techniques, to expert witness guidelines, all facets of the medical and legal knowledge required to investigate and document these complicated cases are thoroughly detailed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive guide to assist legal and medical practitioners in dealing with such cases, to guide them in the appropriate interpretation of findings, and to provide the latest, evidence-based information in the field.
Audience: The book is aimed at medical and legal practitioners in the field of pediatric and/or forensic medicine.
Features: This is a thorough examination of the full spectrum of investigation into pediatric forensic cases. Special emphasis is given to investigating and assessing alleged child abuse and neglect with pertinent clinical assessment forms available in the appendix. Other chapters are devoted to relevant specialist areas such as hematology, radiology, toxicology, and odontology. General areas of forensic pathology as they relate to pediatric cases are addressed including the latest evidence regarding sudden infant death and SIDS. Excellent information is provided throughout regarding legal aspects and guidelines for testimony. Tables of standard measurement are provided in the appendix.
Assessment: This up-to-date book covers all aspects of investigating pediatric forensic cases, including assessment of injuries, postmortem examination, clinical testing, and investigation in a medicolegal setting. This is an excellent book that will be a valuable resource for medical or legal practitioners investigating cases in this complex field.