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Forensic Histopathology

Fundamentals and Perspectives


  • Provides detailed information on how microscopy can help to clarify the cause of sudden and unexpected death

  • Demonstrates both typical and unusual findings with the aid of numerous high-quality color illustrations

  • Highlights other key literature relating to the topic under consideration

  • Invaluable for both forensic pathologists and general pathologists


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book, which combines the features of an atlas and a textbook, presents findings in forensic histology, immunohistochemistry, and cytology based on microscopic investigations using different stainings and different antibodies. The principal aim is to provide practitioners with detailed information and guidance on how microscopy can help to clarify the cause of sudden and unexpected death. Many of the topics will be of interest not only to forensic pathologists but also to general pathologists, whether practitioners or researchers. Examples include the pathology of drug abuse, wound age determination, adverse drug reactions, histopathology of the sudden infant death syndrome, and age determination of myocardial infarction. Both typical and unusual findings are demonstrated with the aid of numerous high-quality color illustrations, and other key literature in forensic histology and immunohistochemistry is highlighted for each topic.


Forensic Cytology Forensic Histopathology Microscopy in Forensic Science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Forensic MedicineJustus-Liebig-University GießenGießenGermany

About the authors

 Professor Reinhard Dettmeyer is Head of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany. Professor Dettmeyer is qualified in both general pathology and forensic pathology, and studied medicine at the University of Düsseldorf and jurisprudence at the Ruhr University, Bochum. Prior to taking up his post in Giessen, he was Senior Physician in the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bonn.

He has written many journal articles on forensic pathology and is co-author of several German language books on child abuse, forensic medicine, and medicolegal issues; in addition, he acted as scientific editor for Volume 2 of the comprehensive Handbuch Gerichtliche Medizin (Handbook of Forensic Medicine).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Forensic Histopathology
  • Book Subtitle Fundamentals and Perspectives
  • Authors Reinhard B. Dettmeyer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-20658-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-20659-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 454
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 370 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Pathology
    Forensic Medicine
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Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

“Strength of this book, is the fact that it combines the features of both an atlas and a textbook, a feature that is not present in the other books available on the subject. Dettmeyer gives an exhaustive literature overview with the main results of both earlier and most recent publications on the different topics of forensic histopathology in the respective text sections. … it is written from the forensic pathology practitioners point of view. However, many topics will also be of interest to clinical pathologists.” (Michael Tsokos, Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 9, 2013)

“In this present work over the course of 20 chapters, he offers the reader profound insights into the areas of application of forensic histopathology as well as its significance. … The 370 colour plates are marked by their high quality. The legends are informative and lucid. Each chapter is based on a synopsis of the latest literature on the subject. This book is to be recommended to all physicians involved in forensic work as a new standard work on forensic histopathology.”­­­ (Heidi Pfeiffer, International Journal of Legal Medicine, November, 2011)