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Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation [Hardcover]

Werner U., M.D. Spitz
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December 1993 0398058180 978-0398058180 3rd
MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATH, known as the "bible" of forensic pathology to pathologists around the world, has withstood the test of time, recently celebrating its twentieth year of publication. Totally rewritten and updated throughout, the text is oriented to forensic pathologists, criminal investigators, and attorneys. It embraces all aspects of the pathology of trauma as it is witnessed daily by law enforcement officers, interpreted by pathologists of varying experience and expertise in forensic pathology, and used by lawyers involved in the prosecution and defense in criminal cases as well as those engaged in civil litigation. This authoritative and complete textbook is written by some of the most respected experts in the United States. The book continues to use a simple and practical approach in keeping with the tradition established by the previous editions. It avoids technical terminology, where possible, in compliance with the aim of addressing not only physicians but all parties with an interest in the study of injury patterns and the practice of pathology as it relates to the law. A large amount of new information and abundant material not previously covered are included in this volume. The many new illustrations, diagrams and sketches showing patterns and mechanisms of injury as well as an inclusive index render this book unique.

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  • Hardcover: 829 pages
  • Publisher: Charles C Thomas Pub Ltd; 3rd edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0398058180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0398058180
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended if you are just curious.... September 26, 2001
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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book! March 11, 1999
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for defending murder cases September 11, 1999
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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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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