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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Adam W Stern, DVM, CMI-IV, CFC, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent reference that should be in the library of anyone in the field of veterinary forensic medicine. It is much improved from the 2007 edition, with all the images in color as well as some new images.
Purpose: The main purpose is to provide a practical reference book in this field, and the knowledge this book shares is of major value to all members of the forensic investigation team.
Audience: Those involved in veterinary forensics, including veterinarians, toxicologists, entomologists, and all other members of the forensic investigation team are the intended audience. The 11 contributors represent an increase over the last edition and include attorneys and veterinarians.
Features: Among the topics the book covers are the legal system, blunt force trauma, neglect, sexual abuse, and forensic entomology. New sections include large animal abuse and large-scale cruelty investigations. This edition also includes expanded discussions of pathology in a number of chapters. The chapter on firearm injuries is a nice overview of the subject, with extremely thorough discussions of the different types of guns and ammunition, the determination of range and trajectory, and how to collect appropriate evidence in such cases.
Assessment: This book is well written and easy to understand, and a major improvement over the previous edition. The information is accurate, with appropriate references to current literature. I would recommend this book to anyone involved in the field of veterinary forensic medicine.