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Forensics for Dummies, 2nd Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Cracking Open the Case 5 Chapter 1: Understanding the World of Forensic Science 7 Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Forensics Team 17 Chapter 3: Collecting and Protecting the Evidence 29 Chapter 4: Delving into the Criminal Mind 49 Part II: Analyzing the Evidence 73 Chapter 5: Fingerprints: Your Personal Signature 75 Chapter 6: Painting A Gruesome Picture: Bloodstain Analysis 87 Chapter 7: Leaving Impressive Impressions: Shoes, Tires, and Tools 103 Chapter 8: Burning Down the House: Is It Arson? 117 Part III: Examining the Body 131 Chapter 9: Determining the Cause and Manner of Death: Forensic Autopsies 133 Chapter 10: Identifying Unknown Victims 149 Chapter 11: Estimating the Time of Death 167 Chapter 12: Ouch! That Hurts: Traumatic Injuries and Deaths 181 Chapter 13: Gasping for Air: Asphyxia 203 Part IV: Utilizing the Crime Lab 219 Chapter 14: Analyzing Blood and Other Bodily Fluids: Serology 221 Chapter 15: Looking Deep Inside: DNA Analysis 235 Chapter 16: Testing for Drugs and Poisons: The Toxicology Lab 253 Chapter 17: Picking Apart Trace Evidence 275 Chapter 18: Bang! Bang!: Analyzing Firearms Evidence 293 Chapter 19: Questioning the Validity of Documents 305 Part V: The Part of Tens 319 Chapter 20: Ten Famous Forensic Cases 321 Chapter 21: Ten Ways Hollywood Gets It Wrong 333 Chapter 22: Ten Great Forensic Careers 339 Index 347

About the Author

D. P. Lyle, MD, is the award-winning author of many nonfiction books and works of fiction. He is the co-host of Crime and Science Radio, and has worked with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Monk, Judging Amy, House, and Pretty Little Liars.

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