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Certification Examination Resources and References

The following list of resources and references are provided as a guide to the scientific literature and foundational knowledge from which the ABFO Certification Examination is derived. It is provided as a resource for you in preparation to challenge the written and practical portions of the examination.

The rapidly expanding body of knowledge in the forensic sciences implies a professional obligation to keep abreast of the current literature in the field, particularly with respect to forensic odontology. In preparation for this examination, each candidate is encouraged to consult appropriate scientific articles and texts in the discipline. The following list comprises the suggested literature that will be helpful in preparing for the examination. The cited references are also a source of many of the test items on the examination. Not included in this list but of special importance are the vast number of individual articles that appear in such journals as the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Journal of the American Dental Association, Journal of Forensic Odonto-Stomatology, Forensic Science International, American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, and the International Journal of Legal Medicine. Reprints of many pertinent articles from these sources will be a desirable addition to the forensic odontologist's personal reference library. Questions on ABFO exams are primarily from texts that are still in print but out-of-print texts add knowledge to the candidate preparing for the exam and a career in forensic odontology.

1. Forensic Dentistry, Stimson, P. & Mertz, C., 1997, CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.,

ISBN 0849381037.
2. Digital Analysis of Bite Mark Evidence. Johansen RJ, Bowers CM (eds). 2003: On CD-ROM by

Forensic Imaging Services, Santa Barbara. ISBN 0967786606.

3. Forensic science: An Introduction to Scientific and Investigative Techniques. James SH, Nordby

JJ (eds). 2003: CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 689 pages, ISBN 0849312469.

4. Spencer DE. Bioterrorism & Forensics: Dental identification, disaster preparedness, response

teams. CDA Journal. Vol. 32:8, August, 2004

5. Bitemark Evidence. Dorion RBJ (ed). 2005: Marcel Dekker, New York. 629 pages, ISBN


6. Forensic Dentistry, 2nd Edition, Senn & Stimson, Second Edition, 2010, CTC Press, Boca Raton,

FL., ISBN, 978-1-4200-7836-7

7. Bitemark Evidence, 2nd Edition. Dorion RBJ (ed). 2011, CRC Press. ISBN 082475415X.
8. Senn DR and Weems RA (eds): American Society of Forensic Odontology Manual of Forensic

Odontology, 5th ed. Boca Raton, Florida, CRC Press. 2013

9. ABFO Dilomate’s Reference Manual; Terminology and Guidelines for Bite Mark Analysis,

Identification and Mass Fatality Incidences.

10. Wheeler’s Dental Anatomy, Physiology, and Occlusion, 8th Ed., Ash M and S Nelson, 2003,

Saunders, St. Louis, ISBN 0-7216-9382-2, 978-9058-6705-1-9
11. Black S, Aggrawal A and Payne-James J (eds): Age Estimation in the Living: The Practitioner’s

Guide, West Sussex, UK, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-0-470-51967-7.

The following references are considered “no longer in print”. The ABFO C&E Committee believes that these materials may /provide a significant historical framework for current references.

  1. Handbook for Dental Identification. Luntz L, Luntz P (eds). 1973: JB Lippincott, Philadelphia. 194 pages, ISBN0397503156

  1. Forensic Dentistry. Cameron JM, Sims BG (eds). 1973: Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh. 158 pages, ISBN 0443010757

  1. Forensic Dentistry. Sopher IM (ed). 1976: Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, IL. 162 pages, ISBN0398034745

  1. Dental Identification and Forensic Odontology. Harvey W 9ed). 1976: Henry Kimpton Co, London. 188 pages, ISBN0853137862

  1. Forensic Dentistry. Dental Clinics of North America, Standish SM, Stimson PG (eds). January 1977: WB Saunders, Philadelphia

  1. Person Identification by Means of the Teeth. Keiser-Nielsen S (ed). 1980: John Wright & Sons, London. 114 pages, ISBN 0723605572

  1. Outline of Forensic Dentistry. Cottone JA, Standish SM (eds). 1982: Yearbook Medical Pub, Chicago

  1. A Colour Atlas of Forensic Dentistry. Whittaker DK, MacDonald DG (eds). 1989: Wolfe, London. 134 pages, ISBN 0723409617

  1. Practical Forensic Odontology. Clark DH (ed). 1992: Wright, Oxford. ISBN 072361511X

  1. ASFO Manual of Forensic Odontology. Third Revised Edition, Bowers CM, Bell GL (eds). 1997: ASFO Colorado Springs, ISBN 096502234

  1. Forensic Odontology. Dental Clinics of North America, Fixott RH (ed). April 2001: WB Saunders, Philadelphia

  1. ASFO Manual of Forensic Odontology, 4th Edition, Herschaft, E. et. al. 2006: ASFO Colorado Springs. ISBN 0-965022366

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