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An Introduction to Forensic Science: College Edition

By Richard Saferstein

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Format: Hardback, 654 pages, 9th Edition
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 23 June 2006
Intro to Forensic Science courses - in CJ, Forensic Science, Chemistry programs Criminalistics aims at making the subject of forensic science comprehensible to a wide variety of readers who are planning on being aligned with the forensic science profession. Written by a very well-known authority in forensic science, this text introduces the non-scientific student to the field of forensic science. Through applications to criminal investigations, clear explanations of the techniques, and the abilities and limitations of modern crime labs, Criminalistics covers the comprehensive realm of forensics. The text strives to make the technology of the modern crime laboratory clear to the non-scientist. Combining case stories with applicable technology, Criminalistics captures the excitement of forensic science investigations.

Table of Contents

Preface About the Author CHAPTER 1 Introduction CHAPTER 2 The Crime Scene CHAPTER 3 Physical Evidence CHAPTER 4 Physical Properties: Glass and Soil CHAPTER 5 Organic Analysis CHAPTER 6 Inorganic Analysis CHAPTER 7 The Microscope CHAPTER 8 Hairs, Fibers and Paint CHAPTER 9 Drugs CHAPTER 10 Forensic Technology CHAPTER 11 Forensic Aspects of Arson and Explosion Investigations CHAPTER 12 Forensic Serology CHAPTER 13 DNA: The Indispensible Forensic Science Tool CHAPTER 14 Fingerprints CHAPTER 15 Firearms, Tool Marks, and Other Impressions CHAPTER 16 Document and Voice Examination CHAPTER 17 Computer Forensics CHAPTER 18 Forensic Science and the Internet CHAPTER 19 The Future Appendices Answers index


"Dr. Richard Saferstein's Criminalistics continues to be the gold standard of forensic science textbooks. He is simply unrivaled in his skill at making the crime lab exciting and accessible to all readers, ranging from forensic scientists and pathologists, to attorneys and judges, to law enforcement, to students and enthusiasts of all ages. I have, since the beginning of my career, relied upon various editions of Criminalistics, its accuracy, integrity and detail never failing me. This compelling, latest updated edition of Criminalistics should be in every library and classroom, especially now in this era of proliferating forensic scientific advancements that make the impossible possible and mistakes unpardonable." -- Patricia Cornwell Patricia Cornwell's recent bestsellers include Predator, Trace and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed. Her brand-new thriller At Risk will be published by Putnam in May 2006. Patricia Cornwell is Director of Applied Forensic Science at the National Forensic Academy. Visit her website at

EAN: 9780132216555
ISBN: 0132216558
Publisher: Prentice-Hall
Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.49 x 3.15 centimetres (1.61 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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