Volume 49, Issue 4 (July 2004)
Review of: Forensic Pathology (2nd edition)
This is the second edition of a general forensic pathology book, first published in 1989 and now updated in this 2003 edition. The book has 62 additional pages compared with the original edition. There are two additional chapters entitled “Nursing Home Deaths” and “Sudden Death During or Immediately after a Violent Struggle.” The latter topic was covered briefly in the first edition, but now has its own chapter. The Table of Contents in this new edition has been expanded to help narrow the search for a specific topic. Eleven color photographs have been added to the original 8 color photographs in the first edition, although they are 2-3/8 × 1-1/2 in. compared to the original 2-7/8 × 4-1/2 in. size. The same high quality black and white photographs remain in the second edition. Some of the photographs have identifying autopsy numbers and I would recommend that the publisher remove them in any future editions. Some of the diagrams (such as Fig. 6.16) appear hand drawn and would benefit from the expertise of a professional anatomic artist.