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May 1, 1886


JAMA. 1886;VI(18):495. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250050019007

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Origin of the Blood, from a Medico-legal Point of View—Death of Professor Bouchardat.

Dr. Masson, Pharmacien-major in the French army, has published an essay on The Origin of the Blood, from a Medigo-legal Point of View. The difficulties attending this class of researches are very great, and the expert is often placed in an awkward predicament when called upon to give his opinion in a court of justice. M. Masson has endeavored in his essay to facilitate these researches so that the expert may always be ready with a definite reply as to whether a blood-stain was produced by the blood of a man or an animal. After giving the different modes of procedure to ascertain this fact, the author states that the great cause of the alteration of fresh blood globules resides in the dampness of the medium or vehicle in which they are contained, the effect of which

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