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Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
Alert all middle and high school "Bones" fans: History of forensic medicine.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Visible Proofs from the National Library of Medicine explores the history of forensic medicine. It includes lesson plans and online activities.
This well designed site is divided into four main sections: Exhibition, Galleries, Education and Resources. Each section has a left side navigation menu for moving within the area. A top navigation bar leads to the main sections. QuickTime Player or Windows Media Player is required for videos.

This site is sure to spark the interests of students as well as anyone interested in the area of forensic medicine. The Exhibition section explores the history of forensics from its rise to the technologies of surveillance to the new forensic science to public perceptions. The Galleries include significant cases, technologies, biographies, artifacts, media and exhibition images. For example, in the media gallery visitors can view video clips of an actual autopsy or see medical examiners at work. Technologies explore the key accomplishments in forensics including DNA and toxicology. One interesting case is that of a soldier shot down over Vietnam, laid to rest in the Tomb of the Unknown in 1984. A decade later, thanks to DNA, he was identified as Michael Blassie and his remains returned to his family. The Education section offers three online activities for students that explore forensic developments, techniques and careers. There are also three lesson plans for middle and high school students that promote active learning and explore the stories of people, technology and science that have contributed to the development of modern forensic techniques. Additionally, a resource section offers links to a k-12 bibliography, archived interviews featuring forensic topics, and Web links to other resources.



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