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Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation 3rd Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0398058180
ISBN-10: 0398058180
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 829 pages
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; 3rd edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0398058180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0398058180
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 11, 1999
If you have come so far as to read this message, and you don't actually have this book, you're in a situation which you may want to correct right now. It's not A book in medicolegal investigation. It's THE book in this field. I have seen it quoted time and again in courtrooms (well, courtroom scripts) to grill the pathologist witness.
800+ pages, 800+ photos and illustrations. 8.5 x 11
(Sounds like an ad. It isn't. Just buy it.)
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This book is a wonderful reference for medical students going into pathology or students of forensic science. It give detailed descriptions of causes/manners/and mechanisms of death. This book give a review of natural deaths and deaths involving investigative techniques. Book also include graphic black a white pictures of autopsy techniques and of the deceased.
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I read this book a couple of years ago for a short course at the University of New Orleans, and loved it. I keep it on my shelf for reference now, but will likely use it again soon when I go off to graduate school. The sections are very well-written, and can be understood by most anyone who has had at least some experience in this field. The case studies were paricularly relavant, and it would be nice to see more of that in further editions. Also, there are excellent descriptions and illustrations of gunshot and other homocide-related deaths - however, not as much information on accidental death or taphonomy as I would have liked.
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This treatise should be in the legal library, and trial box, of every criminal defense attorney who tries murder cases. Buy it. Read it. Use it.
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I am a student in a Forensic Science Program, and this was a required text. I was greatly impressed with the depth and detail of the descriptions and explanations given throughout this text. The outline of the text was organized in a fluid fashion and the text was written in a manner that was very readable even for a student. Highly recomended to anyone interested in the area of criminal investigation and law enforcement.
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I read this book a couple of years ago for a short course at the University of New Orleans, and loved it. I keep it on my shelf for reference now, but will likely use it again soon when I go off to graduate school. The sections are very well-written, and can be understood by most anyone who has had at least some experience in this field. The case studies were paricularly relavant, and it would be nice to see more of that in further editions. Also, there are excellent descriptions and illustrations of gunshot and other homocide-related deaths - however, not as much information on accidental death or taphonomy as I would have liked.
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As others said just a text book, but most informative, thought mine was
new but had high-lights and thumbed pages, but not too bad. Massad Ayoob
recommended in his "Deadly Force" book for information on what will happen
to YOU if attacked by any of the means examined within (the jury can be
compelled to read it to show you really were in danger) the old idea "He just
had a knife!" is shown as stupid.
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This text is a requirement in some forensic fellowships. While in some subjects, the text is out-of-date, in other subjects, the facts never change and provide for a overall great reference text. I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering forensics as a career.
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