Forensic Science: An Encyclopedia of History, Methods, and Techniques

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From dandruff to DNA, from ammunition to infrared spectrophotometry, forensic scientists employ the commonplace and the esoteric to get their man or woman. Forensic Science is the only comprehensive reference work accessible to nonexperts on this fast-changing and ever-fascinating field of criminological study. Readers will learn how the latest scientific breakthroughs and the well-honed instincts of forensics experts come together to provide the clues and amass the evidence to bring America's most notorious criminals to justice.

From famous firsts in forensics to possible future developments in the science, the expert team of contributors put together by William Tilstone, executive director of the National Forensic Science Technology Center, examines techniques and technologies, key cases, critical controversies, and ethical and legal issues.

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About the author

William J. Tilstone, PhD, is executive director of the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Largo, FL.

Kathleen A. Savage, PhD, is business and academic program manager at Forensic Quality Services in Largo, FL. She is also academic program manager at the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Largo, FL.

Leigh A. Clark, MS, is crime laboratory analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Jacksonville Regional Operations Center; Serology/DNA Section; Jacksonville, FL, and academic programs specialist at the National Forensic Science Technology Center in Largo, FL.

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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2006
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Pages
307
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ISBN
9781576071946
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Language
English
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Genres
Law / Forensic Science
Medical / Forensic Medicine
Reference / Encyclopedias
Social Science / Criminology
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