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Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation
Edited by professors of pathology at Wayne State U.'s School of Medicine, this is the new edition of a work first published in 1972 to give pathologists, pathology residents, coroners, guidance in the recognition and interpretation of wound patterns and mechanisms of injury in a legal context. The text aims to cover all major aspects of the subject and offers chapters on t ...more
Hardcover, 1325 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Charles C. Thomas Publisher
(first published December 21st 2005)
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Dr. Spitz is a truly fascinating man, a genius. He's the guy who essentially almost single-handedly invented the medical specialty of forensic pathology. He was hands-down the most interesting expert witness I ever have had occasion to hire (death penalty case). Moreover he steered me to another expert, a forensic dentist, who debunked the prosecution's theory that our client was some kind of a monster. This book is not for the squeamish, it contains graphic but necessary autopsy & crime sce ...more
Jul 31, 2007 Mr. Roboto rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with a curiosity and strong stomach
What didn't I learn from this book? This is an excellent resource for any forensic scientist or law enforcement officer that deals with wrongful or unexpected death. If you're contemplating suicide, have mercy on your parents - this book will show you what they'll probably see when they identify you at the morgue. It might make you think twice about your method. Excellent photographs and illustrations, well-written captions and chapters.