Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics

Hardcover | January 23, 2007

byRobert Gaensslen, Howard Harris, Henry Lee

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Written by authors with close to one hundred years of forensic experience combined, this introductory text features comprehensive coverage of the types of forensic work done by crime laboratories for criminal cases and by private examiners for civil cases. The book’s unifying vision of the role of forensic science in the justice system and of the role of the professional forensic scientist is clearly introduced in the first two chapters and reinforced throughout the text. Each chapter discusses a key case in the field and references other "real world" applications of the techniques described. The text’s premise is that being a scientist is not required for understanding and using forensic science, but that a greater understanding of science lends itself to better use of the techniques of forensic science.

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Written by authors with close to one hundred years of forensic experience combined, this introductory text features comprehensive coverage of the types of forensic work done by crime laboratories for criminal cases and by private examiners for civil cases. The book’s unifying vision of the role of forensic science in the justice system...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 11 × 8.8 × 0.8 inPublished:January 23, 2007Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0072988487

ISBN - 13:9780072988482

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction to Forensic Science

Chapter 2. Physical Evidence and the Legal System

Part 2. Crime Scene Procedures, Techniques, and Analysis

Chapter 3. Crime Scene Processing and Analysis

Chapter 4. Examination and Interpretation of Patterns for Reconstruction

Part 3. Physical Pattern Evidence Technological Examinations

Chapter 5. Examinations of Physical Pattern Evidence

Chapter 6. Fingerprints and Other Personal Identification Patterns

Chapter 7. Questioned Documents Examination

Chapter 8. Toolmarks and Firearms

Part 4. Biological Evidence

Chapter 9. Blood and Physiological Fluid Evidence: Evaluation and Initial Examination

Chapter 10. DNA Analysis and Typing

Part 5. Chemical and Materials Evidence

Chapter 11.Arson and Explosives

Chapter 12.Drugs, Drug Analysis and Forensic Toxicology

Chapter 13.Materials Evidence