Crime Scene to Court
The Essentials of Forensic Science
Peter C White (Editor)
Edition Number: 3
Forensic science has been variously described as fascinating, challenging and even frightening. If you have only a vague concept of what forensic science is, this book will provide the answer. Aimed at non-scientists, or those with limited scientific knowledge, Crime Scene to Court covers all three main areas of an investigation where forensic science is practised, namely the scene of the crime, the forensic laboratory and the court. Coverage includes details of how crime scene and forensic examinations are conducted in the United Kingdom, the principles of crime scene investigations and the importance of this work in an investigation, and courtroom procedures and the role of the expert witness. The latest methods and techniques used in crime scene investigation and forensic laboratories are reported, cases are presented to illustrate why and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence and there is a bibliography for each chapter which provides further material for those readers wishing to delve deeper into the subject. Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a role in an investigation, for example police, crime scene investigators or indeed those called for jury service, will find this text an excellent source of information.
"A comprehensive, well written and well presented book ... compelling reading ... It has my wholehearted recommendation."
Source : The National Training Centre for Scientific Support to Crime Investigation, December 1998
"Very good, ideal for students of forensic science and practitioners ..."
Source : Science & Justice, Vol 39, 1, 1999
"Excellent and much-needed ... a useful introductory text"
Source : Chemistry & Industry, March 1999
"... this is an excellent book for those about to enter forensic science or as a reference for those already practising."
Source : The Analyst Website, February 1999
"... an absolute must for anyone studying forensic science or law ... this splendid book is packed with information ... excellent value for money ..."
Source : Education in Chemistry, July 1999
"... I would have no hesitation in recommending this book ..."
Source : Chromatographia, Vol 49, No 11/12, p704, June 1999
"... a readable book written in a narrative style ..."
Source : Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol 32, No 2&3, Jun/Sep 99, pp 122-123
"... well written and informative ... also accessible and recommended ..."
Source : Bioseparation, 9, 55-58, 2000, p 55-56
"... ideal for students of forensic science ..."
Source : Forensic Science Society Web Site, 1999
The 3rd edition of ‘‘Crime Scene to Court’’, published by
the Royal Society of Chemistry, continues to give general readers a fascinating and readily understandable account into the complex field of forensic science. The editor, Professor Peter C. White, has a broad background and wide experience in forensic science, teaching, research and practice. Having worked with the Metropolitan Police
Forensic Science Laboratory in London and the Forensic Science Unit at the University of Strathclyde/UK, he was appointed director of the unit but left in 2003 to become a
professor of Science at the University of Lincoln/UK. In 2006, he was appointed a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society. He has over 60 published papers, several book
chapters and eight patents to his name. Since his early retirement in 2009, he runs his own forensic and analytical research consultancy. ‘‘Crime Scene to Court’’ was his
inspiration and he edited both previous editions of the book. Although Professor White’s research at the University mainly centred on the development of Raman spectroscopic
techniques for ultratrace detection of solutes of forensic interest, the book—with excellent contributions from 23 specialised practitioners and recognised experts in
their profession—covers the whole field of the discipline: It comprises 569 pages organized into 17 well-written and well-structured chapters (Forensic Practice; The Crime
Scene; Forensic Ecology; Forensic Entomology; Trace and Contact Evidence; Marks and Impressions; Bloodstain Pattern Analysis; Forensic Examination of Documents;omputer Based Media; Fire Investigation; Explosions; Firearms; Drugs of Abuse; Forensic Toxicology; Analysis of Body Fluids; Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology; Presentation of Expert Forensic Evidence) and is enriched with black and white photographs. It may be worthwhile considering adding colored photographs to forthcoming editions.
The 3rd edition has been thoroughly up-dated to reflect the advances in technology and the introduction of new methods and quality standards, with three chapters on
forensic ecology, forensic entomology, and forensic archaeology and anthropology being added. The book covers the main areas of an investigation where forensic
science is practiced: the crime scene, laboratory and court, including details of how crime scene and forensic examinations are conducted in the United Kingdom, the principles
of crime scene investigations and the importance of this work in an investigation, courtroom procedures and the role of the expert witness. Cases are presented to illustrate why
and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence. The book is written in an accessible style and each chapter contains a bibliography for those wishing to
delve deeper into the subject. Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a
role in an investigation will find this text an excellent source of information: The book is enjoyable and delightful to read, and the topics can easily be grasped and appreciated
even by non-expert readers. The reference list is up-to-date and a valuable tool for gathering further information. To sum up, the book gives a unique and valuable account of the challenges faced in forensic medicine. It will serve as a readable resource for all of those who have an interest in forensic investigations and would like a clear, concise description of their background.
Source : Forensic Sci Med Pathol 2012 vol.8 p.78.pdf