The examination of human hairs in the forensic science setting is a highly specialist forensic discipline. To date the topic has not been covered in a single volume in which all aspects of hair examination are brought together. In this volume an international group of authors have dealt with all aspects of the examination of human hair. The volume opens with the basic foundation accidence covering the physiology, growth and structure of hair. Forensic specific aspects of hair structure are then dealt with and a protocol for examination is presented. The remaining chapters deal with non microscopy approaches to hair examination covering historical and contemporary knowledge. These chapters include biochemical approaches to hair examination, the use of elemental analysis, the analysis of cosmetic treatments, the analysis of hairs for drugs and the use of DNA analysis. In the final chapter the value of hair examination as evidence is assessed. The book will be of value to students forensic science, to members of the legal profession and to practitioners of forensic science. Written in an open accessible style it promises to be the standard text for human hair for the foreseeable future.
Table of Contents
1. Physiology and Growth of Human Hair Harry Harding and George Rogers 2. Forensic and Microscopic Examination of Human hair James Robertson 3. Typing of DNA Derived from Hairs Joseph DiZinno, Mark Wilson and Bruce Budowle 4. Elemental Analysis of hair for Forensic Application - A Personal Journey John Goulding 5. Drug Analysis Using hair Ian Tebbett 6. Forensic Examination of Hairs for Cosmetic Treatment Debra Nelson and Peter de Forest 7. Evidential Value of Hair Examination Barry Gaudette John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA, Joseph DiZinno, FBI Laboratory, USA, Barry Gaudette, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, USA, John Goulding, Australian Federal Police, Harry Harding, University of Adelaide, Australia, Debra Nelson, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA, James Robertson, Australian Federal Police, George Rogers, University of Adelaide, Australia, Ian Tebbett, University of Florida, USA, Mark Wilson, FBI Laboratory, USA.