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Crime and circumstance : investigating the history of forensic science /
Suzanne Bell.
imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2008.
description
xviii, 251 p. : ill.
ISBN
0313353867, 9780313353864
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Book
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imprint
Westport, CT : Praeger, 2008.
isbn
0313353867
9780313353864
contents note
Sexy science? -- The scene of the catastrophe -- Uniquely human -- Settlements and civilization: justice and death -- The emerging rules of the game -- Science and biology: alchemy, and chemistry -- One element's story -- A visit from God -- Death investigation and forensic toxicology -- Forensic chemistry: the color of evidence -- The eye of the beholder -- Gunpowder and Dupont : dyes and polymers -- Microscopy and trace evidence -- Patterns I: firearms and tool marks -- Patterns II: measuring and mismeasuring man -- Blood: forensic biology arrives -- DNA: the genetic in genetic markers -- Admissibility and the trilogy -- Profession and personalities -- Professional immaturity -- Let us return to the scene of the crime.
catalogue key
6491915
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"Suzanne Bell is a well known and accomplished forensic scientist in the U.S.A., and as such has written this interesting and informative book from her own perspective. However, unlike some other publications on this and like subjects that have originated in America, the author embraces this topic from a world-wide panorama. This book weaves an intriguing and engaging tale of how an obscure corner of medicine, dating back to ancient times, matured into modern forensic science. Along the way the author introduces interesting and absorbing cases and personalities across history, nations and cultures which assists the reader to translate what was encountered then, into the reality of current forensic science and laboratory investigation." - Internet Law Book Review
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Long Description
Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves the intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution into an entertaining narrative that introduces readers to intriguing cases and personalities across history, countries, and cultures and helps readers translate current popularity into the reality of forensic science and laboratory investigation. Through historical and contemporary examples, Bell illustrates how cutting edge research migrates to forensic laboratories, a transfer that is more indirect than people might expect. Although science and the judicial system both pursue truth, the interface between them is anything but seamless. The unique historical approach focuses on personalities from scientific law enforcement and emphasizes the myriad discoveries made over the years. Through these stories, the reader is introduced to the underlying science in an interesting, lively, and accessible way.
Main Description
Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves an intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution in an entertaining narrative that introduces readers to intriguing cases and personalities across history, countries, and cultures and helps readers translate what they encounter in popular media into the reality of forensic science and laboratory investigation.
Long Description
Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves an intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution. The result is an entertaining narrative that introduces intriguing cases and personalities across history, nations, and cultures and helps readers translate what they encounter in popular media into the reality of forensic science and laboratory investigation. Through historical and contemporary examples, Bell illustrates how cutting-edge research migrates to forensic laboratories, a transfer that is more indirect than people might expect. Although science and the judicial system both pursue truth, the interface between them is anything but seamless. This unique historical approach focuses on personalities from scientific law enforcement and emphasizes the myriad discoveries made over the years. Through these stories, the reader is introduced to the underlying science in an interesting, lively, and accessible way.
Long Description
Today, there is more interest in forensic science than ever before. Crime and Circumstance weaves an intriguing tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution in an entertaining narrative that introduces readers to intriguing cases and personalities across history, countries, and cultures and helps readers translate what they encounter in popular media into the reality of forensic science and laboratory investigation. Through historical and contemporary examples, Bell illustrates how cutting-edge research migrates to forensic laboratories, a transfer that is more indirect than people might expect. Although science and the judicial system both pursue truth, the interface between them is anything but seamless. This unique historical approach focuses on personalities from scientific law enforcement and emphasizes the myriad discoveries made over the years. Through these stories, the reader is introduced to the underlying science in an interesting, lively, and accessible way.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This is the tale of how an obscure corner of medicine dating back to ancient times matured into modern forensic science. The author explores the scientific and social threads that created forensic science and continue to drive its evolution, and in doing so introduces readers to a number of intriguing cases and personalities.
Table of Contents
Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Sexy Science?p. 1
The Scene of the Catastrophep. 7
Uniquely Humanp. 17
Settlements and Civilization; Justice and Deathp. 23
The Emerging Rules of the Gamep. 29
Science and Biology; Alchemy and Chemistryp. 37
One Element's Storyp. 49
A Visit from Godp. 65
Death Investigation and Forensic Toxicologyp. 83
Forensic Chemistry: The Color of Evidencep. 97
The Eye of the Beholderp. 109
Gunpowder and DuPont; Dyes and Polymersp. 123
Microscopy and Trace Evidencep. 131
Patterns I: Firearms and Tool Marksp. 141
Patterns II: Measuring and Mismeasuring Manp. 149
Blood: Forensic Biology Arrivesp. 157
DNA: The Genetic in Genetic Markersp. 173
Admissibility and the Trilogyp. 185
Profession and Personalitiesp. 191
Professional Immaturityp. 207
Let Us Return to the Scene of the Crimep. 211
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 241
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