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Forensic Medicine

David M. Spain, MD
JAMA. 1965;193(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090050084050.
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Because of the increasing complexities of life in the western world, the physician finds himself daily in greater contact with forensic and legal questions. Many doctors continue to remain naively if not dangerously uninformed in this area. This book, despite its apparent compactness, contains sufficient detailed information in the various aspects of forensic medicine to enable the average general physician to proceed with confidence in this field. Although the specific laws quoted in the text are from the British code, they can still apply pertinently to the problems in the United States.

Aside from such technical subjects as the signs of death, methods of identification, nature of bullet wounds, and abortion, there are chapters on attendance in court, the forensic aspects of mental disease, and on professional secrecy which are of more general value. The book is comprehensive in outline, but lacks sufficient depth and detail in certain areas to

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