- Tapa dura: 176 páginas
- Editor: John Wiley & Sons Inc; Edición: 1 (26 de octubre de 2012)
- Colección: Developments in Forensic Science
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1119990114
- ISBN-13: 978-1119990116
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Forensic Biomechanics (Developments in Forensic Science) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 26 oct 2012
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Forensic Biomechanics, although only 164 pages in length, succeeds in providing the reader a basic understanding of the biomechanical principles central to several pertinent areas of forensic biology... It provides an excellent view of the areas that should be mastered in order for those new to this field to claim it as their own. (Journal of Forensic Sciences, 8 January 2014)
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Biomechanics is the application of mechanical principles to living organisms, and it is one of the most exciting and fastest growing research areas. In forensic science, it is biomechanics that explains trauma to the body at a crime scene or the fracture of fibers and textiles, and helps interpret blood spatter. Forensic Biomechanics is a comprehensive overview of the role of biomechanics in forensics. Well-illustrated with real-life case studies, and using a multidisciplinary approach, this unique book is an invaluable reference for practicing forensic scientists, lawyers, and researchers.Ver Descripción del producto
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I find the chapters short and contain too many different themes, resulting in none of the themes being explained well. The case studies don't seem to have a clear point or conclusion. The biomechanics of bone and soft tissue sections are better presented in other texts like "Accidental Injury". There is little or no link between the biomechanical principles of bone and soft tissue to mechanism of injury/ injury causation of functional body parts (i.e. torso, limbs, head). Chapter 6 does not even belong in the field of biomechanics as fibres and textiles are not a part of the human body. There is no reference as to how fabrics such as clothing interact with the skin during a stabbing, gunshot wound or other penetrating injury. There is no reference to friction from fabric clothing that can sometimes be seen as a result of an impact, such as when a victim is kicked on the ground through clothing (friction injuries may or may not be present). As an expert witness in biomechanics I would never be permitted to provide an opinion about textiles, as it is outside of my profession, training and expertise.
So much work has been done by the Automotive Industry to establish the injury tolerance of the human body and this book makes no reference to that. Ignoring this past work provides an incomplete picture of the forensic biomechanics profession, which is essentially the injury biomechanics profession in a legal setting.
Some of the biomechanics questions I have been asked to answer for Courts are:
Was the person conscious or unconscious at time of laceration i.e. were they defending themselves?
What kind of weapon was used to produce the unconventional injury pattern seen on the victim i.e. knife, meat cleaver, axe, machete or other improvised weapon?
Was the accused acting in self defence? Could the injuries to the victim be accidental instead of deliberate?
What were the victims movements as they were progressing from conscious to unconscious to deceased? i.e. how did they fall or which direction did they fall?
How many times was the victim struck? How was the victim standing when they were struck?
The content in this book helps to answer NONE of these questions. I will continue to reference information from sports biomechanics, ergonomics, motor vehicle crash science, anatomy and forensic pathology research to undertake my work.
I have been asked multiple questions about CCTV footage where the footage was not clear or the body part motion was blocked from view. Most importantly I have been asked to fully explain the Forensic Biomechanics profession and principles to the Court so that I can validate my findings and opinion to the Court. This explanation needs to done in a way that Judges and Juries without scientific (Physics) training can fully understand. There is no point in giving evidence, if it cant be understood. Any Forensic Biomechanics book should assist with this, this book is too disjointed to do this.
If this book was written as an introductory text for entry level university students, it will most likely confuse them if they do not have a strong prior understanding of biomechanics.
This book was expensive ($85.00 Australian dollars) for its limited content. Unfortunately, I had to purchase this book as I need to be across all Forensic Biomechanics references. I may be asked a specific question about this book by a legal team who may wish to reference it, in any cross examination questions when I am in Court next. I am concerned that the multiple themes in each chapter, the lack of depth in explaining each theme in detail and the short case studies will allow for a legal team to misunderstand or misrepresent these biomechanics principles, making my job in Court more difficult.
I look forward to the next Forensic Biomechanics text written and I hope it addresses practical questions that are required to be answered in real Courts. Jelly Babies (as used as examples in this book) aren't victims of crime, peoples loved ones are, so having a solid text to support the profession will be most valuable.
If you're looking for a relaxing read that provides a general overview of the topic, this book might be what you want. If you want a book that provides enough detail that you'll understand the topic well, this might be a decent book to mine references from. It is insufficient on its own.