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November 6, 1909

Legal Medicine and Toxicology.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(19):1586. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550190062033

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This book has been written to fill the need for a single-volume treatise, bringing the subject of legal medicine and toxicology, heretofore little understood and appreciated except by the specialists, closer to the general practitioner. The subjects are treated from a practical point of view with special reference to the needs of a physician or surgeon, who suddenly finds himself confronted with a medicolegal case. As a feature of special interest it includes extracts from the various state laws affecting the practice of medicine, occupying about 200 pages. The section on toxicology is concise and accurate, but of necessity, some subjects have been treated with undesirable brevity. This criticism applies especially to the ptomains, which are treated in a chapter of only three pages.

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