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on 17 April 2002
My friend Tim Wass recommended this book to me as his all time favourite and I can fully understand why. I have spent the last 48 hours fully immersed in this amazing and wonderful book. Based around the 1920's onwards it is an interesting look at forensics of that time and the cases where Sir Sydney has been called in to help find the true circumstances of crimes and disappearances. Intersperced are quick sections about his life and experiences written in a wonderfully warm way. The initial first two chapters see him finding his feet as a writer but once in full swing his accounts are so absorbing and interesting that you cannot fail to be intrigued by not only the facts and proceedures to find the details but also the characters involved - especially Bernard Spilsbury.
Putting aside a few moments to quickly scan the book just to say I had looked at it I have ended up reading the whole thing and desperate to have a copy of my own to pause over in the future.
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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!
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