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Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Unlike other introductory textbooks on the topic, Fundamentals of Forensic Science, 2e presents a complete look at the forensic sciences, emphasizing the biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. This edition features more than 40% newly revised content, covering the principles that are central to forensic science. Discussing topics that are typically excluded from generalized discussions of criminalistics, this book provides a depth and breadth of information that no other textbook contains. Written by two of the leading experts in forensic science today, Fundamentals of Forensic Science, 2e approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective.

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


  • 1. Introduction
    2. Crime Scene Investigation
    3. The Nature of Evidence
    4. Microscopy
    5. Light and Matter
    6. Separation Methods
    7. Pathology
    8. Anthropology and Odontology
    9. Entomology
    10. Serology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
    11. DNA Analysis
    12. Forensic Hair Examinations
    13. Illicit Drugs
    14. Forensic Toxicology
    15. Textile Fibers
    16. Paint Analysis
    17. Soil and Glass
    18. Fires and Explosions
    19. Friction Ridge Examination
    20. Questioned Documents
    21. Firearms and Tool Marks
    22. Impression Evidence
    23. Legal Aspects of Forensic Science


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