Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations is an excellent book on forensics. It is authored by Anthony J. Bertino. P. N. Bertino being the co-author. Given in this post is the review of 2012 update of forensic book. South Western Cengage learning is the book publisher. This book is interesting and easy to understand. It provides the basics of forensic science. It also introduces the students with the investigation techniques. Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations is a handy book for crime studies.
Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations:
There are 17 chapters in Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations. These chapters comprise of investigation skills in different fields of crime study. Initial chapters are introductory. First chapter highlights the importance of observation in forensic study. It presents the golden principles for forensic scientists. Similarly, second chapter also teaches the skills for crime investigation. It tells the scientists how to properly and safely gather evidences from crime scene.
Then, there are separate study areas in individual chapters. For example, there is a chapter on study of hair. It describes all the aspects of hair study. How hair evidence can be used to trace criminals? What is the importance of analyzing hair? Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations answers these.
Moving on, author has also mentioned the investigations that can be done through fibers. Textiles are made up of different fibers. These have a great role in collecting evidences. Same is the case with spores and pollens. The examination of spores also requires skill and technique. Forensic science book imparts these skills in readers.
DNA finger printing has brought revolutions in forensic science. The study of finger prints and their collection is crucial. Special emphasis has been given to finger print analysis in the book. Activities are designed to enable readers have a grasp over the topic. DNA finger printing is explained even in more depth. The theoretical background of this testing is elaborated as well.
Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations has much more. It teaches investigations of soil, fingerprinting and glass. Study of blood and drug intoxication is given from forensic view point. Special chapters on forensic anthropology and death study is also treat to read. Overall, forensic investigation from all possible aspects is presented by the author.
Forensic Science Fundamentals and Investigations has unique style. It is more practical in nature. The activities are numerous. Review questions are given at the end of each chapter. Short questions and multiple choice questions are also added. So, this book is critical and provokes mind usage.
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