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264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-250) and index.
From darkness to light -- A whiff of garlic : the first poison tests -- Bodies of evidence : autopsies and the rise of medical examiners -- Elementary, my dear Watson : the first detectives -- Not without a trace : the introduction of crime scene evidence -- Fingerprints of forever : early fingerprint evidence -- Bang! Bang! You're dead : the birth of firearm analysis -- Blood is thicker : the first blood pattern cases -- Grave matters : hidden bodies -- Dem bones : forensic anthropology beginnings -- To catch a killer : criminal profilers -- One in a trillion : the dawn of DNA evidence.
"A history of modern forensic science from the first test for arsenic poisoning in the 1700s to criminal profiling, fingerprinting, blood splatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the milestones in between"-- Provided by publisher.
"Blood, Bullets, and Bones provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics. Since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public's imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been practiced for thousands of years. Ancient Chinese detectives studied dead bodies for signs of foul play, and in Victorian England, officials used crime scene photography and criminal profiling to investigate the Jack the Ripper murders. In the intervening decades, forensic science has evolved to use the most cutting-edge, innovative techniques and technologies. In this book, acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence, and all the important milestones in between. By turns captivating and shocking, Blood, Bullets, and Bones demonstrates the essential role forensic science has played in our criminal justice system"-- Provided by publisher.