New Books for January 2018

The publication of two new books in the area of Forensic Science was recently announced: Forensic Toxicology by Max Houck, and Forensic Odontology: Principles and Practice by Thomas David and Jim Lewis.

Forensic Toxicology by Max Houck

This book is the latest release in the Advanced Forensic Science Series, which grew out of recommendations from the 2009 NAS Report, Strengthening Forensic Science: A Path Forward. It will serve as a graduate-level text for those studying and teaching forensic toxicology. It is also an excellent reference for the forensic practitioner’s library or for use in their casework. It includes detailed coverage of a wide variety of forensic methods, along with discussion of pharmacology, drugs, and professional issues practitioners may encounter (such as crime scene to court, lab reports, ehalth and safety, post-mortem, and drug facilitated crimes). Edited by a world-renowned, leading forensic expert, this updated edition is a long overdue solution for the forensic science community.

Forensic Odontology: Principles and Practice by Thomas David and Jim Lewis

This book details the aspects necessary to become an accomplished forensic odontologist, including an illustration of the skills necessary to become an expert witness. The book is ideal for both the experienced and novice forensic odontologist, covering many fields of expertise, including both civil and criminal matters. The civil side involves standard of care and personal injury matters, while the criminal side involves not only dental identification, but management of mass fatality incidents, age assessment, child and elder abuse, and bitemark analysis.

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