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April 23, 1898

THE RELATION OF THE MEDICAL AND LEGAL DEPARTMENTS OF RAILWAYS.

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DIVISION SURGEON UNION PACIFIC SYSTEM, DENVER, COLO.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):944-947. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690004001a

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Abstract

CONNECTION BETWEEN LAW AND MEDICINE.  Law and medicine, like "knowledge and wisdom," are "far from being one," but here Cowper's distinction ceases to apply, for the connection between the two professions is close and intimate, and each new discovery in this age of rapid, scientific progress unites more closely these great branches of learning. Medical jurisprudence has widened far beyond testamentary capacity, commissions in lunacy and expectation of life. The toxicologist and the chemist are quite commonly assistants of both commonwealth and accused in capital trials; the surgeon, the bacteriologist and the biologist are hand in hand with attorney and counsellor in civil and criminal causes. Where the Green Bag or the London Lancet was once filed alone, the Medico-Legal Journal now shares shelf space and attention, and the journals of both professions devote much printed space to medical jurisprudence and medico-legal surgery.The Medico-Legal Society, from an insignificant local

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