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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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
- Publisher : CRC Press; 2nd edition (December 30, 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 422 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0849381630
- ISBN-13 : 978-0849381638
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.94 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have one issue with the author's assertion that high-velocity rounds (V >> 2,000 ft/sec at impact) do not produce "extra damage" in tissue. As a seasoned aerospace engineer and avid shooter I am certain that sonic shock generated by projectiles moving far faster than the speed of sound in tissue (basically water) can produce prodigious damage to distal tissues simply by the shock wave induced by passage. The FBI has made similar determination. The author does not seem to allow for this mechanism in his write-up. Other than this professional disagreement, the rest was sobering.
Is your default condition armed? You should read this book. It is sobering.
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. When the State's expert testifies at the trial, I will understand what he's talking about which only makes for a more effective cross.
If you have ever read a ballistics report and had no idea what "lands" and "grooves" were, this book will teach you what they are and how to apply them to a case. I have a military background and have been around a lot of firearms but never realized how much there is to know about them. This book will be an essential reference for years to come or until a new edition is published.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
almost too detailed in parts, especially on ammunitions and internal ballistics (the title suggests more terminal ballistics), but that is not necessarily a bad thing.
one of my favourite books.
for the price it has, the photographs should be printed in better quality though, preferably color photographs.
if you can, compare price, pictures and quality with Geberth's "Practical Homicide Investigation" to see what I mean.
Therefore, only 4 out of 5.