affected the admissibility of physical evidence based on forensic odontology and would have resulted in many, many murder left unsolved due to the inability to identify the victim. This area of study would especially be useful in arson cases in which the victim is so badly burned that they are unrecognizable. The Daubert case helped to almost ensure that most scientific tests and evidence such as that of pertaining to forensic odontology will be admissible to court proceedings.
Forensic Odontology 5 In conclusion, overall this paper has detailed the meaning of forensic odontology as it was defined in 1970 by Neilson as being the branch of forensic medicine in which the interests of justice deals with the proper handling and examination of dental evidence and presentation of the dental findings.” (Senn & Stimson, 2010) Also discussed is the role of a forensic odontologist, what type of work they do, and how it relates to criminal investigations and procedures. The father of forensic odontology was identified and his significant contributions to this area of study were discussed as well. The paper then went on to discussed a few cases in which a forensic odontologist was used by law enforcement officials to help to link a suspect to a crime and to identify a body. Lastly, court cases that discuss the issue of the admissibility of physical or scientific evidence were discussed in order to show how much of an impact these decisions may have had on the admissibility of evidence obtained by a forensic odontologist, and ultimately on solving many cases as well.
Forensic Odontology 6 References Bruce-Chwatt, R. (2010). Abrief History of Forensic odontology since 1775, Journal of Forensic And Legal Medicine, 17(3), 127-130. Leung, C. (2008). Forensic Odontology. The Hong Kong Medical Diary, 13 (11), 16-20. Senn, D., & Stimson, P. (Eds.). (2010). Forensic Dentistry (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
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