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Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Magazine article Security Management

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

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****# Fundamentals of Forensic Science. By Max M. Houck and Jay A. Siegel; published by Academic Press, www.academicpress.com (Web); 688 pages; $79.95.

Fundamentals of Forensic Science is a textbook for college-level students majoring in criminal justice. It provides an extremely comprehensive overview of complex investigative processes.

The book begins with the definition and history of forensic science, and each of the book's 23 chapters features a list of key terms on which students should focus, a list of up-to-date reference materials for further reading, and a list of useful Web sites. Each chapter also includes several helpful review questions.

The authors, Max Houck and Jay Siegel, are highly qualified authorities on forensic science with both outstanding academic credentials and practical expertise. Houck worked with the FBI's Trace Evidence Unit and is director of the forensic science initiative at West Virginia University, and Siegel has been teaching forensic science for more than 30 years. Both are recipients of prestigious awards for their work.

The book covers several topics not normally visited by other texts on the subject. …

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