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Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions

Forensic Science: Current Issues, Future Directions

Douglas H. Ubelaker

ISBN: 978-1-119-94123-1

Nov 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

422 pages

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Co-published with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science presents comprehensive international discussion of key issues and future directions within the forensic sciences.  Written by accomplished and respected specialists in approximately eleven distinct areas of the forensic sciences, the volume will examine central issues within each discipline, provide perspective on current debate and explore current and proposed research initiatives.  It will also provide the forensically involved international community with current in-depth perspective on the key issues in the contemporary practice of the forensic sciences.

List of contributors vii

Acknowledgements xix

1 Introduction 1
Douglas H. Ubelaker

2 General forensics – no one else starts until we finish 6
Julie Howe, Janet Barber Duval, Claire Shepard and Robert Gaffney

3 Criminalistics: the bedrock of forensic science 29
Susan Ballou, Max Houck, Jay A. Siegel, Cecelia A. Crouse, John J. Lentini and Skip Palenik

4 Forensic pathology – the roles of molecular diagnostics and radiology at autopsy 102
James R. Gill, Yingying Tang, Gregory G. Davis, H. Theodore Harcke and Edward L. Mazuchowski

5 The places we will go: paths forward in forensic anthropology 131
Dawnie Wolfe Steadman

6 Forensic toxicology: scope, challenges, future directions and needs 160
Barry K. Logan and Jeri D. Ropero-Miller

7 Odontology – dentistry’s contribution to truth and justice 179
Iain A. Pretty, Robert Barsley, C. Michael Bowers, Mary Bush, Peter Bush, John Clement, Robert Dorion, Adam Freeman, Jim Lewis, David Senn and Frank Wright

8 Forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology 211
Stephen B. Billick and Daniel A. Martell

9 Forensic document examination 224
William M. Riordan, Judith A. Gustafson, Mary P. Fitzgerald and Jane A. Lewis

10 Digital evolution: history, challenges and future directions for the digital and multimedia sciences section 252
David W. Baker, Samuel I. Brothers, Zeno J. Geradts, Douglas S. Lacey, Kara L. Nance, Daniel J. Ryan, John E. Sammons and Peter Stephenson

11 Global thinking and methodologies in evidence-based forensic engineering science 292
Laura L. Liptai, Adam Aleksander, Scott Grainger, Sarah Hainsworth, Ryan Loomba and Jan Unarski

12 Jurisprudence 310
ARW Forrest and RT Kennedy

13 Global forensic science and the search for the dead and missing from armed conflict: the perspective of the International Committee of the Red Cross 337
Morris Tidball-Binz

14 Forensic systems and forensic research: an international perspective 366
DN Vieira

15 Summary and conclusions 374
Douglas H. Ubelaker

Index 399

“I would recommend this text to anyone wishing to learn more about the many and varied disciplines that make up the forensic sciences and, particularly, the role of AAFS in shaping developments in recent years.”  (Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1 July 2013)

“There is no other book on the market that provides the perspective that these authors do on new and evolving fields in the discipline. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All library collections.”  (Choice, 1 August 2013)