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February 11, 1961

Law and Medicine: Text and Source Materials on Medico-Legal Problems

JAMA. 1961;175(6):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040060109050

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Abstract

Many writers who treat medicolegal problems create the impression that they intend to arm the physician or attorney with ammunition which will protect him in a strange and hostile land. The author of this volume regards the medicolegal field as a joint enterprise of the two professions, and his material is selected and presented in a manner which should persuade many readers to his viewpoint.

This book has many unusual features. Most of the medical material is derived from original sources in medical treatises and periodicals. Hospital records, autopsy reports, and psychiatric reports as used in trials are included, as well as clinical notes. In addition to appellate court cases and law review articles, the conventional legal material used in a text, the book contains trial transcripts.

These various materials are skillfully blended throughout the book. For example, the section which is devoted to the relation between trauma and disease

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