by Stanley Rhine
...A husband preserved in mothballs, a vigilante victim encased in red mud, and convicts beaten and burned in a prison riot are only a few of the cases of death examined here by forensic anthropologist Stanley Rhine.
Drawing on cases he
worked for the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator
demonstrates how unidentified skeletal remains indicate race, sex, age, height, and ultimately identity and how the specialist decodes skeletal anomalies to establish cause of death.Blunt trauma, gunshot and knife wounds, and other injuries receive his
attention.Step by step the author explains the techniques used to solve forensic mysteries.At the end of each case, he
explains what lessons the forensic anthropologist learns from the bones.Rhine
also explores specific problems and tasks: working mass disasters; recovering bodies from the field; defleshing bones; examining charred and badly decomposed remains; testifying before juries; and others.
About the AuthorStanley Rhine is professor emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
...I am biased--Stan Rhine was a professor of mine at UNM.His
book reads much like his
delivery in class.Stan
is an excellent storyteller and a solid forensic anthropologist.His
30+ years as a forensic investiagtor have led him into many adventures.The best of these he
relates in this book.I myself have handled the skeletal evidence from some of these cases.While his
investigations lack the notariety of say, Clyde Snow's or Bill Maples', the experiences are no less entertaining.I heartily recommend this book for its subtle humor and educational value.
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