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Pekka Saukko, Bernard Knight: Knight’s forensic pathology 4th ed.
Pekka Saukko, Bernard Knight: Knight's forensic pathology 4th ed.
Roger W. Byard 0
0 School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, Level 3 Medical School North Building , Frome Road, Adelaide 5005 , Australia
It is indeed a great pleasure to be asked to review the fourth
edition of this substantial text. Originally written by Bernard
Knight alone, and now co-authored by his colleague Pekka
Saukko, the text has always exemplified a very logical and
clear approach to general issues in forensic pathology. While
there may be disagreements on specific points, as is the nature
of forensic debate, the authors have produced a book which
invariably has a sound approach to many situations and
problems in forensic practice – ranging from the common place to
the arcane. The book has always been an excellent and easily
digested introduction to the subject for students and residents,
as well as a good source to turn to for more experienced
practitioners who may want to refresh their memories, or
develop their thoughts on a particular case.
The format of the text has remained unchanged with
chapters on the pathophysiology and time of death followed by
more specific discussions of particular types of wounds and
injuries. Chapters are to be found on deaths from a range of
situations including burns, electrocution and immersion.
Child deaths and deaths associated with pregnancy and sexual
assault are also described in detail. The final chapters relate to
A pleasing trend has been the use of more color in diagrams
and figures, all of which are of high quality. If I could make a
couple of suggestions for improvements to the next edition I
would suggest expanding and updating the reference list at the
end of the chapters –although I do concede that this may be