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Forensic Medicine of the Lower Extremity
Jeremy Rich, Dorothy E. Dean, Robert H. Powers
438 pages; Humana Press; 2005
From the reviews:
"...a major step forward, mainly in the radiological, traumatological and biomechanical chapters...it will greatly enhance day to day work for experts in the specific field of forensic medicine." - International Journal of Legal Medicine
"...useful reference text for any agency involved in identification, accident reconstruction, and footprint identification." - Canadian Society of Forensic Science Journal
"This is the latest book in the ever-growing Forensic Science and Medicine series, published by Humana under the overall editorship of Steve Karch. … It is broken down into several neat chapters … which are well written, well illustrated and complement more general texts efficiently. … this book could be a useful addition to the forensic pathologist’s library." (Dr S Kolar, American College of Physicians News, Spring, 2006)
This comprehensive collection of rigorous review articles covers both the scientific and practical aspects of using of lower extremity remains for human identification and trauma analysis. On the scientific side, the authors describe the biochemical events of decomposition, detail the use of radiology to facilitate identification and evaluate trauma, and explain principles of osteology, with an emphasis on the implications for skeletal anatomy for age, sex, race, and height estimation. On the practical side, they apply these approaches to trauma analysis and accident reconstruction, including slip-and-fall incidents, impact, traffic, and pediatric injuries, and considerations of foot and footprint identification. Specific case studies discuss the identification process using the foot and ankle and illuminate the forensic potential of feet, footwear, and barefoot impression evidence.
Glasgow Caledonian University is currently looking to provide a course such as this but it is unlikely that it will all be online as so much of the subject area is practical. Currently it is at an early stage of development but is likley to be approved and validated by the start of Septmeber next year (2010) with the likes of Wes Vernon taking part as a speaker/lecturer
As an aside, if you have a couple of minutes spare....
When my fiancee lived in New Cross in London, her apartment got burgled. On the way in there was a communal hallway where one of her neighbours had left a brand new pair of trainers. The burgler stole these shoes, put them on and then cleaned out my fiancees flat of a Wii, few bottles of sprits, passports, digital camera and a couple of other trinkets (they left my tailored suit alone, which clearly meant they had no taste..). As it turned out the guy had tons of previous burglary/theft and was a heroin addict.
When the forensics team turned up they found the perps old shoes in the communal bins, in the box with the new trainers came in. The police caught him a few months later on DNA evidence from his old shoes.. but then he was let off without even so much as a slap on the wrists, because they couldn't prove in court he was actually inside my fiancees apartment, despite the fact that the trainers he took were from inside the locked communal front door and literally right outside my fiancees frontdoor
So, it's wonderful that the british police are using DNA evidence to catch criminals, but a shame that the pissy awful english justice system let them go.