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"This original book both expands upon and goes beyond existing scholarship on the history of forensic science and medicine. It is notable for its treatment of multiple forensic disciplines—ranging from pathology to fingerprinting to DNA identification—and various locations, including colonies, semi-colonial states, and metropoles."

"This book is unique in both its theme and treatment. Truly interdisciplinary, yet focused on a largely ignored 'silent witness.' Like history itself, forensics reconstructs, helps 'traces' become truths, and remains engaged in pursuit of rationality and accountability. An excellent example of micro-history on a global canvas!"

"In a set of pioneering essays that span the globe and reframe the genre, the authors challenge the presumed independence and objectivity of forensic investigations. With its critical attention to technique, authority, and detail, this is a highly original enquiry into the meaning and value of scientific culture."

"This edited volume is an important step towards a much-needed global, comparative, and cultural history of forensic science. The chapters convincingly demonstrate how modern forensic science is inextricably connected to race, ethnicity, location, and nationalism, regardless of its claim to objectivity."

"This groundbreaking volume embodies a major shift in the historiography of forensic evidence. It traces the conditions under which new scientific techniques came to be used in the detection and prosecution of crime and the recovery of innocence as expert communities emerged in a range of cultures around the globe."

"Congratulations to the editors for producing such a diverse collection of fascinating essays on the history of forensic medicine and science. This book illustrates the wide role of forensic practice in different jurisdictions in varying periods of history, and it points the way to further study."