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July 1964

Handbook of Legal Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(1):179-180. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860070225056

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Forensic medicine or medical jurisprudence or similar compound terms have become so prominent a part of the physician's professional life—or fear—that a brief Baedeker is indeed welcome. Manuals are generally useful for those with little or no experience in the field. But, if expertly organized, they can prove helpful even to the more knowledgeable as an index or reference.

Moritz and Stetler's Handbook of Legal Medicine fulfills both of these needs quite adequately. It is a synopsis of their more extensive and specialized volume (which revised the pioneer work of Regan's Doctor and Patient and the Law). It is essentially an introduction to two basic aspects of medicolegal relationships: medical knowledge as a scientific aid in legal proceedings; and legal obligations of the physician, especially those generated by the doctor-patient relationship.

This manual, like most hornbooks, is elementary, mainly addressed to the student or practitioner not interested in detail or

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