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December 31, 1955

TEACHING LEGAL MEDICINE IN THE UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL CURRICULUM

JAMA. 1955;159(18):1718-1721. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960350018005
Abstract

In the past years a great deal of emphasis has been placed on improving the existing coroner's system in this country to render better scientific investigation in deaths due to homicidal, traumatic, and unexpected natural causes. It has also been repeatedly stated that, in order to serve the community more effectively in matters pertaining to public safety and justice, the medical profession must take a more active role. This can be accomplished by the medical profession by proper technique and interpretation of medicolegal autopsy findings, including histological and bacteriological examination of the tissues, toxicologic examination of fluids and tissues, keeping adequate records admissible as evidence in the courts, assisting various branches of the law-enforcing agencies in the detection and deception of crime, and cooperating with the specialists in the fields of forensic psychiatry and immunology and the legal profession. In order to achieve these objectives, as well as to make

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