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July 9, 1910

Die forensische Blutuntersuchung.

JAMA. 1910;55(2):151. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020055034

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To compare the manner of conducting examinations in medicolegal cases by the officials of any fair-sized German city with the procedures employed under the prevailing system of coroners and coroners' physicians in this country, would be ridiculous. Only when political or financial prominence demands special investigation do we see anything resembling a scientific handling by experts, who are usually called in after police, coroners and undertakers have spoiled everything possible. Therefore we fear that Leers' concise monographs on medicolegal blood examinations will not have so large a clientele in America as in countries that have fewer cases to investigate and more officials competent to investigate them.

It is an excellent treatise on the subject, giving a full and clear statement of methods and their proper valuation, in surprisingly small space. All standard means of studying blood and blood-stains for legal purposes are described, including not only the chemical, physical and

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