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The science of Sherlock Holmes : from Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the real forensics behind the great detective's greatest cases

Author: E J Wagner
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, ©2006.
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"This unique book uses the legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a jumping-off point to discuss the growth of forensic science during the Victorian era. The book explores the emergence of science from superstition, how forensic autopsies evolved from anatomical dissection, the huge advances in blood chemistry and poison detection, and the early use of fingerprints, photography and trace evidence. It also  Read more...
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Wagner, E. J.
Science of Sherlock Holmes.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, ©2006
(DLC) 2005022236
(OCoLC)61228671
Named Person: Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: E J Wagner
ISBN: 9780471783749 0471783749 1280409428 9781280409424 0471648795 9780471648796
OCLC Number: 1058017864
Awards: 2007, Edgar nominee.
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 244 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Dialogue with the dead --
Beastly tales and black dogs --
A fly in the ointment --
Proving poison --
Disguise and the detective --
The crime scene by gaslight --
A picture of guilt --
Shots in the dark --
Bad impressions --
The real dirt --
Notes from the devil --
A voice in the blood --
Myth, medicine, and murder.
Responsibility: E.J. Wagner.
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"This unique book uses the legendary adventures of Sherlock Holmes as a jumping-off point to discuss the growth of forensic science during the Victorian era. The book explores the emergence of science from superstition, how forensic autopsies evolved from anatomical dissection, the huge advances in blood chemistry and poison detection, and the early use of fingerprints, photography and trace evidence. It also provides new insights into landmark criminal cases that influenced the forensic world, such as Jack the Ripper and Lizzie Borden, and includes rare period illustrations."--Publisher description.

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