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June 12, 1967

Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology

Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1967;200(11):1004. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120240132046

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The 17th edition of Simon Gage's The Microscope was published when he was 90 years old, a monument to a glorious old age. The work reviewed here, however, at first glance seems even more remarkable, for it initially appeared in 1902, ten years after Glaister was born. Only reference to his autobiography, Final Diagnosis, destroys ideas of precocity and makes clear what the preface fails to do— the John Glaister of 1902 was father to the present author, and his predecessor as professor of forensic medicine at Glasgow University.

The arrangement of material is common to most British texts in which as much space is devoted to jurisprudence as to medicine. This is not surprising when one recalls the wide range of subjects on which European specialists in the field are consulted by legal authorities and by private clients—hence, sections on impotence and sterility, commitment to institutions of mentally ill,