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October 19, 1929

THE TEACHING OF LEGAL MEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1929;93(16):1226-1227. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710160040014
Abstract

Oertel1 of McGill University has made the following statement relative to the meaning of the term legal medicine: "The term 'legal medicine' is employed with different meanings. The most common definition is that it is the application of expert medical knowledge to the needs of law or justice. In this definition is embraced, not only criminal law, but the application to all kinds of insurance (life and accident), employees' compensation acts, soldiers' rehabilitations, and other civil procedures. A second rarer definition applies the term to the social and legal position and relations of the physician himself, that is, his rights, duties, obligations, and responsibilities to the community and to his fellow practitioners, and how the laws of the country affect him in the pursuit of his professional practice. The first of these definitions, therefore, puts the emphasis on the expert medical aspect, the second on the personal and legal

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