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Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Reviews of Forensic Books/Journals/Software/Multimedia

-Anil Aggrawal

 The journal strives to spread awareness about the latest forensic literature among the forensic professionals of the world. Every month tens of new books related to forensic sciences and allied subjects are published, but it takes a while before forensic professionals become aware of them. In several cases, they just remain unaware of these publications throughout. I have been personally handicapped by several such instances. I will tell you just one. In 1998, I went to Bijapur (a historical city in Karnataka State in India), to take a guest lecture, and as is my wont, was thumbing through their library books in my spare time. I was amazed to see a nice biography of Thomas Noguchi published sometime in the late seventies. It gave some of his best cases (among them the murder of Dorothy Stratten, Playboy Playmate of August 1979, who was killed by her lover Paul Snider, when she was six months short of her twenty-first birthday. I had been searching for the details of this murder investigation for quite sometime without any success!). I was completely unaware of this book for all these years, and would have given a fortune to possess this book, but alas, the book was already out of print. What pained (and annoyed) me most was that I have been frantically buying books since late sixties, and had I been aware of the existence of this book at the time it was published, I would have done anything to acquire it - even if it would have entailed writing to the publishers overseas.

 As I pined for this book (and several others - "Pathology of Homicide" by Adelson is another, "Guinness Book of Crime", which I saw at the British Council Library in New Delhi another, "Poisons, Antidotes and Anecdotes" by William Tichy (Sterling Pub. Comp., New York, N.Y., 1977) still another - the list is endless), I became acutely aware that there should be some surefire and foolproof system by which forensic professionals could become aware of important publications soon after they came in existence. We have been running this very successful Internet Journal for quite sometime now. This has become a sine qua non for most professionals around the world (its beauty is that unlike most other online journals, it is available free online to all), and they turn back often to this journal to see what is the latest happening here. And we at the Journal office decided that it would be best to use this journal as a forum to spread awareness.

 We wrote to several authors and publishers and the response was amazing. We received books from them regularly and as they came in we got down to scanning them, sorting them, describing them. As can be seen, our reviews are radically different from those appearing in most "Paper journals". We give the front and back cover in high color resolution, and also some of the key diagrams, contents, tables etc in full color, which can be enlarged further at the command of the viewer. The idea is to make the reader feel as if he is himself thumbing through the book, and can take an intelligent decision regarding it.

 We also began reviewing other items related to forensic medicine (Software, Multimedia, Journals). With time, this section also became really valuable for our readers.

 Encouraged by the response to reviews of Professional Publications, software and multimedia, we took to reviews of popular books on crime too. Again we wrote to several authors and publishers and again the response was encouraging. I think if somebody had been running such a journal twenty years back, all of us would have had much more books in our collection than we have now (I Certainly would have had Thomas Noguchi's book!).

 But better late than never!

(The journal accepts important books, journals, software and multimedia (VHS, CDs, DVDs) related to Forensic Science, Forensic Medicine, Toxicology, Criminology and Allied subjects for extensive reviews. Both technical and general books are reviewed in separate sections. The journal is visited not only by Forensic Professionals from all over the world, but also by general public exploring subjects related to mystery, crime, suspense, intrigue, supernatural and horror. The reviews are usually hosted within two weeks an item is received at the journal office. For more details please visit page 2 of our FAQ section.)

 Books and other items for review must be submitted at the following address.

 Professor Anil Aggrawal (Editor-in-Chief)
Anil Aggrawal's Internet Journal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
S-299 Greater Kailash-1
New Delhi-110048

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