Forensic Podiatry: Principles and Methods

Forensic Podiatry: Principles and Methods
John A. DiMaggio (Author), Wesley Vernon OBE (Author)

The human foot is a complex body part composed of  fifty-two bones, which is twenty-five percent of all the bones in the  body. Nonetheless, the foot is often viewed by the public and doctors as  a “minor” body part. Similarly, the importance of pedal evidence in  crime investigation has also long been undervalued, but as footwear  evidence has become more commonly used in forensic situations, so has  pedal evidence, which is why this seminal work is so important: it is  the first textbook ever dedicated to forensic podiatry.    Forensic  Podiatry is an international compilation of current practices authored  by the pioneers in the field. Part I discusses general forensic  concerns, including those at the crime scene, from an informative  perspective. It covers tasks performed by the crime laboratory, forensic  podiatry principles, and various aspects of human identification. Part  II deals with specific forensic podiatric concerns such as photographic  techniques, bare footprint identification, and footwear examination and  analysis. It also discusses forensic gate and analysis as well as the  identification of pedal remains from podiatry records, which is  important for mass disaster scenes. Part III presents actual forensic  podiatry case studies from the United Kingdom and the United States, and  Part IV focuses on podiatry practice standards, which in many instances  parallel expert witness responsibilities.     Groundbreaking and  essential, this book is useful for medical and criminal justice students  as well as podiatrists, criminalists, footwear examiners, forensic  anthropologists, attorneys and investigators

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Crime Scene and Crime Laboratory
Chapter 2: Forensic Podiatry Principles and Human Identification
Chapter 3: Photographic Techniques
Chapter 4: Bare Footprint Identification
Chapter 5: Footwear Examination and Analysis
Chapter 6: Forensic Gait Analysis
Chapter 7: Identification from Podiatry Records
Chapter 8: Case Studies in Forensic Podiatry
Chapter 9: Expert Witness and Practice Standards

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