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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