Forensic and Microscopic Examination of Human Hair

James ROBERTSON

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Abstract

The examination of human hairs in the forensic science setting is a highly specialist forensic discipline. To date the topic has not been covered in a single volume in which all aspects of hair examination are brought together. In this volume an international group of authors have dealt with all aspects of the examination of human hair. The volume opens with the basic foundation accidence covering the physiology, growth and structure of hair. Forensic specific aspects of hair structure are then dealt with and a protocol for examination is presented. The remaining chapters deal with non microscopy approaches to hair examination covering historical and contemporary knowledge. These chapters include biochemical approaches to hair examination, the use of elemental analysis, the analysis of cosmetic treatments, the analysis of hairs for drugs and the use of DNA analysis. In the final chapter the value of hair examination as evidence is assessed. The book will be of value to students forensic science, to members of the legal profession and to practitioners of forensic science. Written in an open accessible style it promises to be the standard text for human hair for the foreseeable future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Examination of Hair
EditorsJames Robertson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter2
Pages79-154
Number of pages75
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780748405671
ISBN (Print)0748405674
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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    ROBERTSON, J. (1999). Forensic and Microscopic Examination of Human Hair. In J. Robertson (Ed.), Forensic Examination of Hair (1 ed., pp. 79-154). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.1201/9780203483527