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Gunshot Wounds: Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic Techniques, SECOND EDITION (Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0849381638
ISBN-10: 0849381630
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ABOUT THE FIRST EDITION:

…An excellent presentation of gunshot injuries including an abundance of information regarding weapons and ammunition…an absolute necessity within the library of any individual who deals with gunshot injuries.
-Irvin M. Sopher, M.D., Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia

…is an excellent composite of experience and chapters relating to firearms and ammunitions, the forensic aspects of ballistics, gunshot wounds classification and types, direction of fire, suicide and an overview of crime scene collection and handling of evidence.
-Crime & Justice International, July/August 1999

ABOUT THE SECOND EDITION:

Dr. Di Maio's vast knowledge and practical experience led to his first edition becoming mandatory reading within the forensic firearms community. This information, coupled with newly published research, has made this book the most current and comprehensive text on gunshot wounds.
--Kramer Powley and Dean Dahlstrom, Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol. 33, No. 2
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Product Details

  • Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations (Book 62)
  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (December 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849381630
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849381638
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This text should be in the library of any reader who has an interest in the topic of guns and the injuries they produce. While written with the practising forensic pathologist in mind, the book is appropriate for investigators, attorneys and other healthcare providers. The discussions of firearms and their features are very good and should help those with limited knowledge about guns understand what they do, how they do it and the terminology used in the field.
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As a criminal defense attorney, my clients freedom often rests on my ability to understand the technical aspects of a case. While I will seldom, if ever, know more than the "expert" opposing me, understanding the topic in a straight forward and simple manner makes my interaction with that expert a benefit to my client. This to the point of knowing when not to say anything. This book provides a one-stop resource for all aspects of firearms, gunshot wounds, and the related forensic techniques and methods. A must for anyone who needs to understand, in plain language, the issues that come into play in gunshot injury and firearm cases. The photographs, x-rays, and diagrams provide an excellent point of reference for the text.
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I have retired from courtroom testimony because of my hearing during courtroom testimony. Vincent DiMaio knows more about gunshot wounds and firearms than any author, from a technical and forensic level. He often testifies in criminal court cases. I have always been astonished by the depth and breadth of his expertise of how and why gunshot wounds produce their forensic results
Jurors often give more weight to government "experts". I have never found the government's witnesses reliable. DiMaio knows his subject in the greatest detail.
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Fantastic book. I bought this book because I was tired of hearing the opinions of tons of " internet experts" and wanted accurate firearm information from a reliable source. You probably know that a lot of the stuff you commonly hear about lethality, knock-down power, etc. of a particular round is not accurate but you might not know why. Dr. DiMaio's book will help. This book clears-up several common mistakes that you here repeatedly from the aforementioned internet experts. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the truth behind ballistics and the damage that can result from firearms.
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As a retired police officer with some years of experience in the Ballistic field, situated within our Scientific Branch, I found this text to be very good indeed. Although the author is a highly credentialed pathologist, he attempted to restrict his narrative to language of a kind that generally, was in everyday use. When by necessity, he needed to resort to more complex medical nomenclature, he then attempted to rephrase or explain it, employing conventional everyday discourse.

Therefore in my opinion, Dr Di Maio's book, 'Gunshot Wounds': Practical Aspects of Firearms, Ballistics, and Forensic, Techniques, is a very valuable and useful text, and an indispensably guide for anyone involved in Ballistic Investigative duties.
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With the increasing use of forensics in courtrooms these days, it's imperative that attorneys be able to understand their applications. I practice criminal defense in Chicago and handle a lot of gun cases. I am also a very small-time solo practitioner whose clients cannot afford expert witnesses. I must, therefore, be able to have a working knowledge of gun-related evidence.

This book provides more than an ample amount of information for all types of firearms: handguns, hunting rifles, shotguns, and assault weapons. It also discusses in great detail the different types of ammunition even to the level of different gun powders and primers. Do you know how to look at a gunshot wound and tell what caliber the bullet was? Or how far away the weapon was fired? Do you know how to visually analyze clothing that bullets have passed through to ascertain the same information? While this book may not be able to adequately train you to answer these questions within a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, it will get you close. You will know by looking at a wound if it was a contact or distant wound and if it was a small or large caliber weapon. More importantly you will know what tests to seek from the crime lab.

In other words, this book will show you what you don't know by explaining all there is to know. I currently have a murder case pending that I needed gunshot residue tests performed on the clothing the victims were wearing. I could have just put in my motion "gunshot residue test". After reading this book, however, I learned the names of the two commonly tests used by most crime labs, how they are done, what they can reveal, and how accurate the results can be.
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