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Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigator's Handbook
By C. Michael Bowers DDS JD (Editor)
5.0 out of 5 stars (1 Reviews)
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Publisher:  Academic Press
Edition:  2nd
Binding:  Hardcover
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Forensic Dental Evidence: An Investigators Handbook highlights the discussion regarding unjust convictions caused by inaccurate bitemark opinions. The book focuses on cases that use forensic techniques, emphasizing modern methods and protocols. Through this book, the latest information available is offered to the forensic community.

This book demonstrates expertise in forensic dentistry by presenting chapters on human identification in domestic and international situations; investigations on missing person and violent crimes against persons; mass-disaster planning and disaster response; and new threats from terrorist attacks on urban centers. Furthermore, it discusses topics regarding bitemark evidence, such as forensic photography, analysis and legal issues. The book also presents two chapters on new scientific topics: The Next Level in Victim Identification: Materials Properties as an Aid in Victim Identification; and DNA for First Responders: Recognizing, Collecting, and Analyzing Biological Evidence Related to Dentistry (chapters 3 and 8, respectively).

This book is suited to anyone seeking knowledge on forensic dentistry; it will be of great value to investigators, lawyers, medical examiners, nurses, and dentists with an interest in forensic dental cases.

  • Contributions by internationally recognized and experienced forensic experts cover missing persons cases and mass disaster cases from around the world
  • Contains over 200 full-color photographs of crime scene evidence, human identification cases and bitemark details
  • Includes many new exoneration cases derived from the Editor's work with the Innocence Project
 
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5.0 out of 5 stars.  The 2nd ed is a worthy additon to any Investigator's collection, October 19, 2010
By DDS10021 (New York, New York, United States)
As a Legal Consultant of General Dentistry, I was a bit concerned as to just how deep I wanted to go in to Forensic Odontology. I have already collected several books on the subject of forensics without being able to finish any of them from cover to cover.

But rather Dr. Bower's book draws you in even deeper with each chapter. If I told you that it would make a GREAT Textbook, you might think that I mean it's boring, but this is certainly not the case. The book is clear, concise, well organized, and very easy to reference with a usable sub-content index. Despite it's condensed type, the text makes the book just about the right size for course work. Anything bigger would rule out using the book while doing field work, or when transporting it in your brief case.

I really have to say that I just can't put this book down. I often use it as my first source of verifying information that receive. It have been a long time since I last want to say this, but the 2nd edition makes learning fun again. And I am sure that anyone not familiar with Dentistry would feel the same.

For those who have the 1st Edition:
The recent reorganization of the 2nd edition makes it much more enjoyable to read,
and therefore a worth while upgrade from the 1st edition.

Wayne J Yee, DDS
President,
American Association of Dental Legal Consultants

And
Assistant Clinical Professor
Section of Adult Dentistry
Columbia University, CUMC
College of Dental Medicine
New York, NY

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