Fundamentals of Forensic Science

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123749895
eBook ISBN: 9780080961651
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th January 2010
Page Count: 680
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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.

Key Features

  • Vivid, full-color illustrations that diagram key concepts and depict evidence encountered in the field
    Straightforward unit organization that includes key terms, numerous feature boxes emphasizing Internet resources, historical events in forensic science, practical issues in laboratory analysis, and topics for further reading
    Effective pedagogy, including end-of-chapter questions, paired with a clear writing style makes this an invaluable resource for professors and students of forensic science


Students in forensic science, professionals in the various forensic disciplines - fire, chemistry, crime scene, trace evidence, law enforcement personnel, lawyers and defense attorneys.

Table of Contents

Foreword Acknowledgments 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

Glossary Index


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"[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