Bitemark Evidence: A Color Atlas and Text, 2nd Edition

Robert B.J. Dorion

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March 16, 2011 by CRC Press
Professional - 674 Pages - 627 Color
ISBN 9781439818626 - CAT# K10984
Series: International Forensic Science and Investigation

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Features

  • Reflects the knowledge, training, experience, opinions, and research of 27 authors from around the world
  • Covers everything from the history of bitemark evidence, to diagnostic considerations, to courtroom testimony
  • Details the protocols for photography, collection, preservation, and analysis of bitemarks
  • Discusses upcoming research and legal implications and ramifications
  • Emphasizes diagnosis, communications, and cooperations among the different experts

Summary

Experts in the field of bitemark evidence confront complexities ranging from the identification and collection of evidence, to microscopic analysis, to legal implications and courtroom admissibility. Now in its second edition, Bitemark Evidence reflects the knowledge, training, experience, opinions, and research of 27 authors from around the world to present an atlas with coverage from a range of disciplines. This comprehensive text details the protocols for photography, collection, preservation, and analysis of bitemarks and examines everything from the history of bitemark evidence, to diagnostic considerations, to expert witnesses and testimony.

New in the Second Edition:

  • A historical perspective, beginning with the earliest known bitemark references from the Bible and the Kama Sutra, up to the modern development of forensic organizations around the world
  • Updated chapter on digital photography
  • Practical tips on forensic bitemark photography
  • Processing and analysis of digital images for evidentiary purposes
  • The rationale, use, materials, and methods employed for confocal laser microscopy (CLM) and the scanning electron microscope (SEM)
  • Current issues in bitemark analysis and research, emerging technologies, and recent developments
  • Completely revamped section on research with hundreds of accompanying color photographs
  • Experimental bitemarks and histology, with data on the microscopic examination of bitemarks on fresh and frozen piglet skin and the microscopic examination of human bitemarks
  • Updated information on genotypic comparison of oral bacteria isolated from bitemarks and teeth
  • Proper steps in forming a contract with an expert witness
  • Erroneous bitemark opinions and wrongful convictions overturned by DNA evidence

Capturing the contemporary scientific understanding in the field and enhanced with more than 1,300 color photos, this atlas is the definitive guide to one of the most fascinating evidentiary domains in the forensic world.