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Books, Journals, New Media
October 6, 2004

Legal Medicine

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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA ; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;292(13):1615-1621. doi:10.1001/jama.292.13.1617

It is hard to find a book that covers both forensic entomology (the use of insect evidence in court) and the medical aspects of antitrust law (the law of monopolies, price fixing, and similar restraints on free competition). Legal Medicineis such a book.

The decomposition of bodies, a subject of forensic (ie, scientific crime-solving, courtroom evidentiary) interest, is apparently a predictable process. Insects often help things along, different species arriving in an orderly sequence to have a bite or drop off the kids. The chapter author writes that forensic entomologists

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