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December 2006 , Page 50 

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Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science, 9th Ed.

By Richard Saferstein,Gil Sapir

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Do not judge a book by its cover. This maxim is apropos for the ninth edition of Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Sciences. A plain white cover (replacing the graphically enticing and compelling artistic cover designs of previous editions) and uninspiring photographs belie the book’s opulence of educational material.

Forensic science is the application of science to law. It is used to convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent. Scientific principles and technology are extensively relied upon by law enforcement in criminal prosecutions. All cases involving criminal charges generally entail some aspect of scientific evidence and forensic science. The discipline of criminalistics utilizes known laboratory techniques and procedures to solve crime. Saferstein makes forensic science and criminalistics both comprehensible and meaningful for nonscientists without sacrificing the integrity and detail of science.
Even though crime laboratories have benefited from enormous advances

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