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Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Fundamentals of Forensic Science, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the basic principles of forensic science. The book begins at a crime scene and ends in the courtroom. The book is divided into six parts. Part 1 provides an overview of criminal justice and forensic science, covering the basics of crime scene investigation and the nature of evidence. Part 2 discusses analytical tools, including microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, atomic spectroscopy, and separation methods. Parts 3 to 5 discuss the various types of forensic evidence collected, categorized by the types of science employed in their analysis: physical science, chemical science, and biological science. These include pathology; anthropology and odontology; entomology; serology and bloodstain pattern analysis; DNA analysis; forensic hair examinations; forensic toxicology; fiber and paint analysis; friction ridge examination; and firearms and tool marks. Part 6 discusses the legal aspects of forensic science. The book is written for students with a background in basic science, and it is can be used in a one-semester or two-semester format.

Hardbound, 680 Pages

Published: January 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374989-5


  • "[A] complete look at the core disciplines, emphasizing biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. For example, a chapter on "Forensic Hair Examinations" begins by explaining how hair grows and its microanatomy, before moving on to discuss how to differentiate between human and non-human hair, how to estimate the ethnicity or ancestry of an individual from hair, and the process of comparing a known hair sample to a questioned hair. It is written and organized in a logical and practical manner that engages the reader to learn more."--Evidence Technology Magazine


  • Foreword


    Preface to the Second Edition

    Preface to the First Edition

    I. Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

    1. Introduction

    2. Crime Scene Investigation

    3. The Nature of Evidence

    II. Analytical Tools

    4. Microscopy

    5. Light and Matter

    6. Separation Methods

    III. Biological Sciences

    7. Pathology

    8. Anthropology and Odontology

    9. Entomology

    10. Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

    11. DNA Analysis

    12. Forensic Hair Examinations

    IV. Chemical Sciences

    13. Illicit Drugs

    14. Forensic Toxicology

    15. Textile Fibers

    16. Paint Analysis

    17. Soil and Glass

    18. Fires and Explosions

    V. Physical Sciences

    19. Friction Ridge Examination

    20. Questioned Documents

    21. Firearms and Tool Marks

    22. Impression Evidence

    VI. Law and Forensic Science

    23. Legal Aspects of Forensic Science




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