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Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics

Introduction to Forensic Science and Criminalistics
Author: Robert Gaensslen - Howard Harris - Henry Lee
ISBN 13: 9780072988482
ISBN 10: 72988487
Edition: 1
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2007-01-23
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
List Price: N/A

Written by authors with close to one hundred years of forensic experience combined, this introductory text features comprehensive coverage of the types of forensic work done by crime laboratories for criminal cases and by private examiners for civil cases. The book’s unifying vision of the role of forensic science in the justice system and of the role of the professional forensic scientist is clearly introduced in the first two chapters and reinforced throughout the text. Each chapter discusses a key case in the field and references other "real world" applications of the techniques described. The text’s premise is that being a scientist is not required for understanding and using forensic science, but that a greater understanding of science lends itself to better use of the techniques of forensic science.