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December 24, 1973

Medicolegal Investigation of Death: Guidelines for the Application of Pathology to Crime Investigation

Author Affiliations

Brookdale Hospital Medical Center Brooklyn, NY


edited by Werner U. Spitz and Russell S. Fisher, 536 pp, with illus, $24.75, Charles C Thomas, 1973.

JAMA. 1973;226(13):1574. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230130062041

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Medicolegal investigation of death, in the past decade, has assumed an increasingly important role extending far beyond the immediate investigation of suspected homicide, suicide, or accidental death. The epidemic of malpractice suits; the emergence of iatrogenic disease as a major phenomenon; the increasingly watchful eye of minority groups as related to alleged police brutality and violation of civil rights; and the increasing complexity of industrial toxicology and fatalities related to such exposure require greater aptitude and more skillful and scientific application of the principles of forensic pathology. This monograph, although listed modestly as a guideline for the application of pathology to crime investigation, also begins to serve the needs of those involved in these broader aspects of the problem.

This is a well-ordered, concise, and clearly written text. The illustrations and tables are adequate and to the point. Particularly welcome are the chapters devoted to identification of human remains, with