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July 1971

Handbook of Legal Medicine.

Author Affiliations

Beverly Hills, Calif


By Alan R Moritz, MD; R Crawford Morris, LLB. Price, $8.75. Pp 238. CV Mosby Co, 3207 Washington Blvd, St. Louis 63103, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(1):153-154. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310190157027

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To paraphrase: here is almost everything you wanted to know about medical jurisprudence (... but were afraid to ask because no one ever mentioned such things during medical training). Although the book is titled a Handbook of Legal Medicine, the title is somewhat misleading. Legal medicine usually refers to medical knowledge applied to the administration of justice; medical jurisprudence, on the other hand, pertains to legal principles affecting medical practice. It is the latter, at the present time, which commands the great interest of the medical profession. While the book contains some information seemingly slanted more toward the legal profession (eg, some very basic definitions of medical terms), just about all the data of value to the lawyer is, in reality, even more helpful and practical for the medical practitioner.

Within a little more than 200 pages of text, there are 43 factpacked chapters (some no more than one page long,

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