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Beating the Devil's Game: A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

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First time in paperback? essential reading for the millions of fans of CSI and Cold Case Files.

Katherine Ramsland, a renowned expert in criminology, traces the story of the evolution of forensic science??from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition through the flowering of science during the Renaissance and its veritable explosion during the era of Newtonian physics, to the marvels of the present day and beyond. Along the way, she introduces readers to such forensic pioneers as the father of toxicology; the criminalturned- detective who founded the Parisian Sureté; and trailblazers like William Bass whose integrated program in entomology, anthropology, and pathology at the Forensic Anthropology Center has galvanized the field.

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Dr. Ramslands fascinating book traces the history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation from 13th-century Chinese studies of decomposition, through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day.

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An authoritative history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation, from the author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Human Predator. Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace concepts is a compelling story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers and reputations for the sake of justice. Dr. Katherine Ramsland traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition rates through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day and beyond.

About the Author

Dr. Katherine Ramsland has maste‛s degrees in forensic psychology and clinical psychology. The author of 30 books, she is a contributor to Court T‛s Crime Library and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and currently teaches forensic psychology as an assistant professor at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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ISBN:
9780425221464
Subtitle:
A History of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation
Author:
Ramsland, Katherine
Author:
Ramsland, Katherine M.
Publisher:
Berkley Trade
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
History
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Criminal investigation
Subject:
Forensic sciences -- History.
Subject:
Criminal investigation -- History.
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Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080603
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.88x6.02x.85 in. 1.00 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Dr. Ramslands fascinating book traces the history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation from 13th-century Chinese studies of decomposition, through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day.
"Synopsis" by , An authoritative history of forensic science and the evolution of criminal investigation, from the author of The Forensic Science of C.S.I. and The Human Predator. Today, the basic scientific precepts of criminal investigation-fingerprinting, DNA, ballistics, and more-are widely known among professionals and lay people alike. But behind each of these now-commonplace concepts is a compelling story of the evolution of science and law, spearheaded by innovative thinkers, many of whom risked their careers and reputations for the sake of justice. Dr. Katherine Ramsland traces that development from thirteenth-century Chinese studies of decomposition rates through the flowering of science during the Renaissance, up to the marvels of the present day and beyond.
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