The Original Sherlock Holmes How a French Doctor Helped Create Forensic Science

A 19th-century French medical examiner and criminologist was even more skilled than the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. A new book recounts his biggest case, which heralded the age of forensic science.
Forensic anthropologists at work in Bosnia.

Forensic anthropologists at work in Bosnia.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan