Encyclopedia of Forensic Science

A Compendium of Detective Fact and Fiction

by Barbara Gardner Conklin, Robert Gardner, Dennis Shortelle


Covers all aspects of forensic science past and present, from types of crime and evidence, to forensic scientists and officials, to the criminals they seek.

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June 2002


Pages 344
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Science/General

If Sherlock Holmes had cracked the O. J. Simpson case, he would have done it with forensic science. Techniques and devices used to analyze crime scene evidence—and their real and fictional practitioners—have long fascinated the public. This reference covers all aspects of forensic science:
• Types of evidence
• Types of crimes or conditions
• Criminal cases
• Criminal and civil law
• The disciplines of criminal justice
• Poisons and drugs
• The evolution of forensics
• Forensic scientists and officials
• Serial killers
• Relevant literature, characters, and writers

The study focuses on the criminal and societal effects of forensic science in the United States, with attention paid to major British and French advances. The book also examines historical cases in which new techniques were first applied. Entries are arranged both alphabetically and topically, making them easily accessible to student and amateur sleuth alike.

Table of Contents

Alphabetical Listing of Entries
Guide to Selected Topics
Entries, A-Z
Other Helpful Web Sites



[C]ontains fundamental information for armchair enthusiasts.—Choice

...what makes this book different and interesting is the inclusion of novelists and their characters, who use forensics to solve crimes. Also included are excellent bibliographic references and lists of web sites for finding more information....a solid resource that should be in academic libraries where forensic science is popular and in large public libraries where the demand for this topic is high.—Library Journal

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