Homicide Investigation: Practical Information for Coroners, Police Officers, and Other Investigators, by LeMoyne Snyder, ed 2; 394 pp, 164 illus, $14, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1967.
Now that "American" is the lingua franca, practitioners of laboratory medicine in this country may not hurry to buy such a work as Ponsold's textbook of legal medicine. Like British works on medical jurisprudence, it devotes a large, first section to national laws governing medical practice and includes such chapters as delinquencies of behavior and the psychology of witnesses. The main body of the work, however, by more than 30 collaborators, deals with problems in medicolegal practice—anatomic, serologic, toxicologic.
Even to those for whom German is truly a foreign language, one feature is highly commendable. Instead of the usual collection of good or bad photographs of hangings, stabbings, and the like, productive of horror and little else in the reader, diagrammatic drawings