Fundamentals of Forensic Science - 2nd edition

Max Houck and Jay Siegel 
Academic Press  April 2010  

Hardback  680 pages  ISBN 9780123749895      £62.00
  • 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 resources on the World Wide Web, 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
Unlike other introductory textbooks on the topic, Fundamentals of Forensic Science presents a complete look at the forensic sciences, emphasizing the biology, chemistry, and physical sciences that underpin forensic science. By covering the principles that are central to forensic science, and by 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 approaches the field from a truly unique and exciting perspective.

Ranging from traditional topics such as crime scene investigation, spectroscopy, and DNA analysis, to the less-commonly covered --but just as essential-- topics of pathology, entomology, and anthropology, Fundamentals of Forensic Science is everything a student or practicing professional needs. Organized along the timeline of a real case, it begins with an introduction and history of forensic science, covers the basic methods of analysis used in most forensic examinations, addresses the biological, chemical, and physical elements relevant to the field, and concludes with an examination of how forensic science intersects with the law.

Of interest to students in forensic science, professionals in the various forensic disciplines - fire, chemistry, crime scene, trace evidence, law enforcment personnel, lawyers and defense attorneys.


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. Fiction 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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