Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Forensic Medicine Sourcebook

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Forensic Medicine Sourcebook

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Forensic Medicine Sourcebook: Basic Consumer Information for the Lay-person about Forensic Medicine, Including Crime Scene Investigation, Evidence Collection and Analysis, Expert Testimony, Computer-Aided Criminal Identification, Digital Imaging in the Courtroom, DNA Profiling, Accident Reconstruction, Autopsies, Ballistics, Drugs and Explosives Detection, Latent Fingerprints, Product Tampering, and Questioned Document Examination; Along with Statistical Data, A Glossary of Forensics Terminology, and Listings of Sources for Further Help and Information. Ed. by Annemarie S. Muth. (Health Reference Series.) Detroit: Omnigraphics, 1999. 574p. acid free $78 (ISBN 0-7808-0232-2). www.omnigraphics.com.

Since the O.J. Simpson trial, more of the general public has become interested in forensic medicine, or the legal aspects of medicine. This book, part of Omnigraphics's Health Reference Series, provides information on this subject on the layperson's level. Books in this series contain articles reprinted from other sources, primarily from U.S. government publications. Articles from the Internet are also contained in the book. The articles in this book were reprinted from those published from 1994 to 1998. Many of the articles pulled from the Internet are undated. Therefore, the information in this book might not be as up-to-date as the 1999 publishing date indicates.

The book is arranged in sections including Crime Scene and Laboratory Investigation, Forensic Medicine/ Science Subspecialties, Emerging Forensic Subspecialties, Advances in Crime Investigation, the Courtroom, and Additional Help and Information. …

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