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February 27, 1960

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FORENSIC PATHOLOGY

Author Affiliations

Baltimore

From the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland and Division of Forensic Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Maryland Medical School.

JAMA. 1960;172(9):896-901. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020090008002
Abstract

Forensic pathology has become a subspecialty in the field of pathology within the past five years. The increasing contribution of pathology to the elucidation of the problems of trauma and the solution of the legal aspects of these problems emphasizes the great need for broadening the horizon of pathologists. The vast scope of this field is recognized when one considers that practically all homicide cases, nearly all compensation cases, and about 4 of every 10 tort cases or damage actions heard in the courts today involve medical testimony and require expert medical survey of the evidence on which the final decisions will be based.

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