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Forensic Dental Evidence

An Investigator's Handbook

Forensic Dental Evidence, Second Edition provides the base for investigating, identifying and processing forensic dental evidence. This edition leads off with an explanation of dental nomenclature and quickly advances to the newest developments in trace dental evidence, methods for trace DNA evidence, and mass disaster cases (9/11, Bali, Thailand). Bowers covers how digital imaging of evidence has assisted in cases where incarcerated individuals have been exonerated. This volume provides the necessary tools and practical suggestions for forensic scientists and investigators charged with analysis of a crime scene. With an emphasis on the proper use of scientific methods, knowledge of analytical limitations and the necessity for team training, planning and multi-level management, Forensic Dental Evidence, Second Edition provides invaluable practical information. Contemporary cases and interesting historic cases, including an Egyptian mummy and Adolf Hitler, demonstrate relevant case methods.

This is a must-have resource for forensic scientists and law enforcement involved in processing crime scenes and conducting criminal investigations. This book will serve as an excellent reference for medical examiners, forensic pathologists, defense and prosecuting attorneys and crime scene investigators who need the latest in forensic information.

Hardbound, 368 Pages

Published: August 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-382000-6


  • "This book, really more impressively a treatise, leaves no (dental) stone unturned in explicating the history, the savoir faire, the investigative potential, the litigation and the research firmly establishing the foundations of dental identifications in the firmament of the forensic sciences." - James E Starrs, Professor Emeritus of Law & Forensic Sciences, The George Washington University 

    "Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigator's Handbook is a must-read for all participants in the criminal justice system--judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, investigators and police, to name a few--as well as all forensic odontologists. C. Michael Bowers, one of the world's most renowned forensic dental experts, draws upon a wealth of his expertise and that of others to put forth in a highly accessible book information and guidance that will surely prevent misidentifications and wrongful convictions." - Maurice Possley, Northern California Innocence Project at Santa Clara University Law School, Santa Clara, CA; Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist

    "...this book comprehensively covers concepts and protocols necessary for criminal investigation involving dental evidence and will be of educational value and interest to many categories of reader. It is practical, up to date, informative, well-illustrated and appropriately cautionary."-- Judith A Hinchliffe, Independent Forensic Odontologist, New Zealand in Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology (2011)



  • Introduction

    1. Historical Dental Investigations - Marie Svoboda, C. Michael Bowers, Michel Perrier, Scott Swank

    2. Dental Detectives - C. Michael Bowers

    3. The Next Level in Victim Identification: Materials Properties as an Aid in Victim Identification - Peter J. Bush and Mary A. Bush

    4. Forensic Dentistry Investigation Protocols - Anthony R. Cardoza

    5. Recognition, Documentation, Evidence Collection and Interpretation of Bitemark Evidence - C. Michael Bowers

    6. Bitemarks in England and Wales - Iain A. Pretty

    7. Legal Issues Concerning Bitemark Evidence in the United States - C. Michael Bowers

    8. DNA for First Responders: Recognizing, Collecting and Analyzing Biological Evidence Related to Dentistry - Dean Hildebrand

    9. Missing/Unidentified Persons: The National Crime Information Center Dental Enhancements - Gary L. Bell

    10. The Disaster Victim Identification: Its General Structure and the Swiss Involvement - Michel Perrier

    11. Recognizing, Documenting and Analyzing Physical Evidence in Abuse Cases - John McDowell

    12. Managing a Mass Fatality Incident - Frank A. Ciaccio

    13. Identifying Victims of 9/11 at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner New York City - Jeffrey R. Burkes

    14. Australasian and Multinational Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) - Helen James and Jane Taylor

    15. Photography and Forensic Dental Evidence - C. Michael Bowers

    16. The Use of Digital Imaging in Human Identification and Crime Scene Analysis - C. Michael Bowers


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