on 5 February 2011
Sir Sydney Smith was a pioneer in the field of forensic medicine. Born in New Zealand, Smith practiced in Egypt before moving to Edinburgh University. This book covers his entire career. It includes Sydney Smith's pioneering work in the early days of ballistics (the study of the actions and reactions of fire-arms and projectiles)as well as the various times he "locked horns" with the great Sir Bernard Spillsbury in court. This book is an easy-to-read insight into the early days of forensics, providing a supprisingly well explained look at the high profile cases investigated by Sir Sydney Smith and how the evidence collected was processed. If you regularly watch CSI Las Vegas, Silent Witness or other forensics based series or have a general interest in murder mysteries then this book is definitely well worth a read!