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by Richard Saferstein

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  ICDCCorporate | Jan 18, 2013 |
This textbook offers a great overview for an introductory forensic science course; every major segment of forensic science is covered to some degree - entomology, fire examination, firearms, bloodstain analysis, etc. The case studies are really interesting, too, and there are a lot of websites recommended that you can check out.

For people wanting to know just the general basics of what forensic scientists do, Saferstein has written a good jumping-off point. You'll want to read other books and take courses, though, if you want a proper in-depth look at the subject matter, because with some things he merely scratches the surface, and with others he suggests somewhat questionable methods.

For example, in discussing the collection of bullets at a crime scene, he suggests that the investigator put their initials either at the base of the bullet or on the nose of the bullet. While it's really not the best idea to mark such small evidence as a bullet directly, you should never - I repeat, NEVER - make any kind of mark to the nose or sides of bullets recovered at a crime scene. In doing so, you are completely destroying or at least contaminating any trace evidence that could have been recovered and analyzed microscopically. And with a bullet that has been fired, there will ALWAYS be something on the nose for the microscopist. So while Saferstein suggests initialling these items, do the trace evidence and firearms examiners back at the lab a favor and just bag it up and fill out the form. ( )
  here.be.bookwyrms | Jan 11, 2013 |
The textbook we used for an introduction to forensic science class. The information is clearly and simply described. It includes crime scene analysis, fiber analysis, serology, forensic genetics, arson analysis, and tool mark analysis. Nothing is looked at deeply-this is an introductory book, after all. But it is a good overview. The case studies provide a chance for students to consider the field and some of the difficulties or famous cases. ( )
  kaelirenee | Mar 19, 2007 |
I used this textbook for an Introduction to Forensic Science class. It was well written and easy to understand with helpful review sections for each chapter. The case study portions are also very interesting for those looking for supplemental material to forensic science studies. ( )
  elbakerone | Dec 5, 2006 |
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Written by a renowned authority on forensic science, this book introduces the non-scientific reader to the field of forensic science through an exploration of its applications to criminal investigations, with clear explanations of the techniques, abilities, and limitations of the modern crime laboratory. The most current technologies, techniques, practices, and procedures highlight this book. Actual cases, including a new case study on the role of DNA evidence in the investigation of the World Trade Center crime scene, enable readers to see the integral role of forensic science in criminal investigations. Topics covered include: the crime scene, physical evidence, physical properties, organic analysis, inorganic analysis, the microscope, hairs, fibers, and paint, drugs, forensic toxicology, forensic aspects of arson and explosion investigations, forensic serology, DNA, fingerprints, firearms, toolmarks and other impressions, document and voice examination, and forensic science on the Internet. An excellent reference resource for members of the forensic science field, as well as others involved in criminal justice.

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