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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: John Mark Oscherwitz, M.D.(University of Kansas School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive forensic pathology textbook. The editors have thoroughly covered the various aspects of trauma with excellent photography and descriptive text.
Purpose: In this third edition, the editors' objective is to stress the importance of studying the pathology of trauma in situations in which it occurs. Both toxicology and the psychological aspects of violence and trauma have been expanded in this edition. This book will certainly enrich the forensic literature.
Audience: Although the editors have written the book primarily for forensic pathologists and pathology residents, it will also be useful for other healthcare professionals as well as detectives. The editors are leaders in the field and have done an excellent job once again with this edition.
Features: In this new version of the book, the entire gamut of traumatic pathology has been extensively covered, ranging from aviation and major disasters to sexual trauma and the psychological autopsy. The chapters on the psychological aspects of violence are particularly helpful in distinguishing suicides from accidents. Overall, the book is very well illustrated with educational photographs. Practical tables are used frequently throughout the text, and in the chapters on hemostasis and chemical pathology useful flow diagrams are included as well. In general, the chapters are quite well referenced with current literature as well as important older literature. In the preface the editors have been somewhat vague with regards to their objectives. Overall, however, there are few weaknesses in the book.
Assessment: This edition is a well written, exceedingly thorough addition to the pathology literature. As a forensic reference text, few other books are as complete. With expanded coverage of recent topics, this edition will be enlightening to pathologists for the next decade.