January 1965

Final Diagnosis.

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By John Glaister, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Price, 25 shillings ($3.50). Pp 224, with many illustrations. Hutchinson of London, 178-292 Great Portland, London, Wl, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(1):111. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860130113031

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The English, when they are proficient in a field, often have the additional faculty of being able to describe that field and their activities in it in a very readable way. Forensic medicine or forensic pathology, the interactions between two inexact lines of human endeavor, sounds formidable, dull and detailed, calling for great amounts of mechanical, medical, legal, and psychological knowledge.

Glaister shows that it need not be so; that it can be enjoyable and stimulating, that it can solve problems in both fields. From the start, the author wanted to specialize in medicolegal work, and did so following service in World War I, with simultaneous courses in medicine and law while carrying out general practice in Glasgow. A rigorous training but a very understanding wife; wonder how she could stand it? "Muff" supported him in all his endeavors during their 45 years of married life.

In essence, this book

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