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Irrefutable Evidence: Adventures in the History of Forensic Science
Michael Kurland.
Publisher Ivan R. Dee  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781566638036
Pages/Publication Date 329/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33690
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The rise of scientific thinking in finding, catching, and convicting criminals—and, just as important, freeing the innocent—has transformed society's assault on crime, argues two-time Edgar Award finalist Michael Kurland. Before scientific detective work, early attempts to maintain public safety relied on the severity of punishment rather than any probability of apprehension. His engrossing book traces the history of the major techniques of criminal detection and many of the minor ones—including the study of fingerprints, Gravelle's microscopic comparison of bullet markings, and the development of bloodstain identification—and explores the rise of modern DNA typing techniques, which have proven the innocence of many persons convicted of major crimes and resulted in the exoneration of hundreds on death row. Kurland also explains how once-accepted techniques like handwriting analysis have fallen by the wayside, and how lie detectors, voice spectrum analysis, bite mark evidence, and other methods have proven unreliable.
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