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18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee & the invention of modern forensics / Bruce Goldfarb.

18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee & the invention of modern forensics / Bruce Goldfarb.
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ISBN 9781913068035
9781913068042
Author Goldfarb, Bruce
Title 18 tiny deaths : the untold story of Frances Glessner Lee & the invention of modern forensics /
Publication details 2020.
©2020.
London :
Physical Description xv, 303 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 23 cm.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index..
Summary Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline. Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine. Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee. Bruce Goldfarb weaves Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.
Personal Name Lee, Frances Glessner, -- 1878-1962
Subject Forensic scientists -- United States -- Biography
Forensic sciences -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Crime scenes -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Criminal investigation -- United States -- History -- 20th century
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