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October 10, 1953

Crime Investigation: Physical Evidence and the Police Laboratory

JAMA. 1953;153(6):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940230077021

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This book discusses (1) physical evidence in general criminal investigations and (2) laboratory operations and techniques. It is encyclopedic in scope. Designed for the police investigator, the book describes what physical evidence should be collected in the several types of criminal investigation and explains why the discussed evidence has value in apprehending criminals. Laboratory procedures and techniques are explained in general terms, and suggestions are offered concerning the manner in which less technical procedures may be performed when necessary. The book does not sufficiently emphasize the importance of the toxicologist, the pathologist, the serologist, and other medical specialists in criminal investigations and the necessity of cooperation between medicine and law enforcement officials. It may contribute to more nearly complete criminal investigations.

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