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Crimebusting by Jenny Ward

Crimebusting by Jenny Ward

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Breakthroughs in Forensic Science

by Jenny Ward

Blandford Press, 1998 [First Edition], ISBN 0713726393, black and white photographic plates, hardcover, dust-jacket

Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dust-jacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing (see photographs)

"In the last two hundred years, the scales of justice have benefited from the contribution of a new ally in the fight against crime... science.  Previously, felons and miscreants had to be caught in the act or leave the most obvious clues but, in the early 19th century, medical jurisprudence began to play a role.
With improvements to the microscope mid-century, other scientific developments gathered pace.  Dental and fingerprint analysis permitted the identification of specific individuals.  Ballistic examination meant that spent bullets could be tracked back to the gun which fired them.  Toxicological tests were refined to the point where the domestic poisoner almost gave up this desperate pastime.  Minuscule fragments of clothing, skin, paint, or even glass could be studied to place a suspect at the scene of the crime, and most recently DNA has provided the forensic expert with the ultimate, irrefutable tag ... or has it?"

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