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Spitz and Fisher's Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation

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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 December 1st 2005 by Charles C. Thomas Publisher (first published 1973)
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Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The foremost text in forensic pathology. Not for the weak of stomach or hearts, and requires an intimate knowledge of anatomy and medicine. Not recommended for those who haven't studied law or human biology.
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jul 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kevin Pearce
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After being appointed, I needed a good reference to support the OCME internal policy documents. This volume is the premier and recommended by my colleagues. It is an invaluable (valued at $100) reference for the MDI or LE investigator.
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Great basic text on forensic pathology. Not for the faint of heart; the photos are rough to look at, and they are on every single page.
Sharon Ryan
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite informative and easy to read even for someone who is not a medical or forensic student or professional.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of death and mayhem.
Absolutely incredible. A brutal tour de force of man's inhumanity to man.
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