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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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Legal Medicine in History

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Edited by: Michael Clark

ISBN13: 9780521395144
ISBN: 0521395143
Published: September 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £76.00

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This collection of essays presents fresh interpretations of the growth of medico-legal ideas, institutions and practices in Britain, Europe and America over the past four hundred years. Based on a wealth of new research, it brings the historical study of legal medicine firmly into the realm of social history. Case studies of infanticide, abortion, coroners’ inquests and criminal insanity show that legal medicine has often been the focus of social change and political controversy.

The contributors also emphasise the formative influence of legal systems on medico-legal knowledge and practice. Legal Medicine in History enlarges our understanding of the public role of medicine in modern western societies, while opening up new perspectives on social, cultural and political history.

  • Presents a series of challenging new historical interpretations of cases in forensic medicine
  • Legal medicine is presented as an integral part of social, administrative and professional practice
  • Covers four centuries and includes material on Britain, Europe and the USA

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Notes on contributors
Introduction Michael Clark and Catherine Crawford
Part I. Early Modern Practice:
1. Forensic medicine in early colonial Maryland, 1633-83 Helen Brock and Catherine Crawford
2. The scope of legal medicine in Lancashire and Cheshire, 1660-1760 David Harley
3. Suspicious infant deaths: the statute of 1624 and medical evidence at coroners' inquests Mark Jackson
Part II. The Growth of a Science:
4. Legalizing medicine: early modern legal systems and the growth of medico-legal knowledge Catherine Crawford
5. Infanticide trials and forensic medicine: Wurttemberg, 1757-93 Mary Nagle Wessling
6. Training medical policemen: forensic medicine and public health in nineteenth-century Scotland Brenda White
Part III. Special Offenders:
7. 'I answer as a physician': opinion as fact in pre-McNaughtan insanity trials Joel Peter Eigen
8. Understanding the terrorist: anarchism, medicine and politics in fin-de-siecle France Ruth Harris
9. Malingerers, the 'weakminded' criminal and the 'moral imbecile': how the English prison medical officer became an expert in mental deficiency, 1880-1930 Stephen Watson
Part IV. The Politics of Post-Mortems:
10. The magistrate of the poor? Coroners and deaths in custody in nineteenth-century England Joe Sim and Tony Ward
11. Coroners, corruption and the politics of death: forensic pathology in the United States Julie Johnson
Part V. Medical Authority in Question:
12. Unbuilt Bloomsbury: medico-legal institutes and forensic science laboratories in England between the wars Norman Ambage and Michael Clark
13. Rex v. Bourne and the medicalization of abortion Barbara Brookes and Paul Roth