Among the most fundamental problems in forensic pathology are the distinguishing of intravital traumas from postmortem traumas and the estimation of wound age. The recent foudroyant pace of development in the fields of cellular biology, immunology, and molecular genetics has resulted in a multitude of new methodological approaches that make a reassessment of the state of knowledge imperative. The present anthology on every aspect of the wound healing process performs this service in exemplary fashion. The editors, a forensic pathologist (MO) and an immunologist (HK), are ideally suited to ensure a representative selection of international authors. The book comprises 21 chapters divided into five sections; most of the chapters offer a survey of individual topics, some constitute original articles in their own right. Each chapter includes an extensive list of references and many are supplemented by informative charts, tables and illustrations.
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