Forensic Science

ISBN-10: 0849346312
ISBN-13: 9780849346316
Edition: 2007
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Description: Forensic Science: The Basics explains all aspects of crime scene investigation, covering basic areas of criminalistics and beyond to pathology, anthropology, and engineering. It also explores new and emerging areas such as forensic entomology.  More...

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List price: $85.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 9/7/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 560
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.784
Language: English

Forensic Science: The Basics explains all aspects of crime scene investigation, covering basic areas of criminalistics and beyond to pathology, anthropology, and engineering. It also explores new and emerging areas such as forensic entomology. Without requiring knowledge of either science or law, the information is self-contained and conveyed at the lowest possible non-scientific level, making this text suitable for both lower level academic adoptions as well as for a general audience. It also offers a complete package of ancillary material for instructors, including a guide, Power Point lecture CD, and test bank. This forensic primer works well in conjunction with current CRC laboratory manuals.

Forensic Science and Investigation
Introduction to Forensic Science
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is Forensic Science?
The Scope of Forensic Science
History and Development of Forensic Science
Who Are Forensic Scientists, and What Do They Do?
The U.S. Forensic Science System
The Organization of Forensic Science Laboratories
So You Want to Be a Forensic Scientist?
Summary
Test Yourself
Crime Scene Investigation
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
The Crime Scene as Recent History
The Crime Scene Investigation Process
Summary
Test Yourself
The Nature of Evidence
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is Evidence?
Different Types of Evidence
Controls
Summary
Test Yourself
Tools of the Trade
Separating Complex Mixtures
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Physical Separation of Solid Mixtures
Chemical Separation of Solid Mixtures: Solubility and pH
Chromatography: Separation of Very Small Amounts of Material
Electrophoresis: Separating Very Similar Substances
Summary
Test Yourself
Light and Matter
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Properties of Waves
Interactions of Light Energy and Matter
Mass Spectrometry
Summary
Test Yourself
Microscopy
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Lenses: How Objects Are Magnified
The Compound Microscope
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Summary
Test Yourself
Patterns and Impressions
Fingerprints and Other Impressions
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
The Quest for a Reliable Method of Personal Identification
The Origin of Fingerprints
The Anatomy of Fingerprints
Detection and Visualization of Fingerprints
Comparison of Fingerprints
Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS and IAFIS)
Some Common Questions about Fingerprints
Other Impressions: Footwear and Tire Treads
Summary
Test Yourself
Questioned Documents
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is a Questioned Document?
The Questioned Document Examiner
Handwriting Analysis
Erasures, Obliterations, and Alterations
Typewriters, Photocopiers, and Computer Printers
Paper Examination
Ink Examinations
Summary
Test Yourself
Firearms and Toolmarks
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Firearms Identification
Tool Marks
Summary
Test Yourself
Forensic Biology
Forensic Pathology
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Medical Examiners and Coroners: What Is the Difference?
Becoming a Forensic Pathologist
The Cause of Death
The Manner of Death
The Medicolegal Autopsy
The Postmortem Interval (PMI): Time of Death
Summary
Test Yourself
Anthropology and Odontology
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
The Human Skeleton
Identification of Skeletal Remains
Collection of Bones
Forensic Odontology
Summary
Test Yourself
Entomology
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
The Life Cycle of a Fly
Decomposition of a Body after Death
Entomological Investigation and Evidence Collection
Summary
Test Yourself
Serology and Blood Stain Patterns
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Blood
Analysis of Blood
Other Biological Fluids and Stains
Blood Spatter Patterns
Summary
Test Yourself
DNA Typing
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Properties of DNA
Collection and Preservation of DNA Evidence
DNA Typing
The Polymerase Chain Reaction
Short Tandem Repeats (STRs)
Mitochondrial DNA
CODIS: The Combined DNA Index System
Summary
Test Yourself
Hairs
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is Hair?
Growth of Hair
Hair Color
The Structure of Human Hair
Human vs. Nonhuman Hairs
Hair Treatment and Damage
Comparison of Human Hairs
What Can Be Determined from the Morphology of Hair?
DNA Analysis of Hair
Summary
Test Yourself
Forensic Chemistry
Illicit Drugs
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is a Drug?
What Is an Illicit Drug?
How Illicit Drugs Are Controlled in the United States
Analysis of Illicit Drugs
Summary
Test Yourself
Forensic Toxicology
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Forensic Toxicology
Some Principles of Pharmacology
Ethyl Alcohol
Measurement of BAC
Summary
Test Yourself
Fibers, Paints, and Other Polymers
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
What Is a Polymer?
Textile Fibers
Types of Fibers
Fiber Morphology
Analysis of Synthetic Fibers
Interpretation of Fiber Evidence
Paints and Other Coatings
What Are Paints?
Types of Paint
How Cars Are Painted
Collection of Paint Evidence
Analysis of Paint
The Evidentiary Value of Paint
Summary
Test Yourself
Glass and Soil
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Glass
Glass as Forensic Evidence
Soil
Summary
Test Yourself
Fires and Explosions
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Fires
Deliberately Set Fires: Arson and Incendiary
Investigation of Fire Scenes
The Role of Accelerants
Analysis of Fire Scene Evidence
Analysis of Fire Scene Residues
Explosions
The Analysis of Explosive Residues
Summary
Test Yourself
Legal Aspects of Forensic Science
Learning Objectives
Chapter Outline
Introduction
Admissibility of Evidence
Laboratory Reports
Expert Testimony
Summary
Test Yourself
Index

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