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September 11, 1943

Medical Jurisprudence: A South African Handbook

JAMA. 1943;123(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840370054030

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This is a handbook dealing with problems of medical jurisprudence, or legal medicine, in relation to South African conditions. It is a practical manual rather than a comprehensive book of reference and is based on lectures given at the University of Cape Town. As pointed out in the foreword written by the Judge President of the Cape Provincial Division of the Supreme Court of South Africa, the pains the authors have taken to enumerate and stress the essentials that should be looked for by a medical practitioner when conducting a postmortem or other important examination should greatly facilitate and add to the thoroughness of the work of district surgeons in South Africa and others entrusted with any such examination and should enable them to assist the court, if called to give evidence, with insight and assurance. In appendixes the authors have reproduced the statutory provisions which are of special importance

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