Medicine: Medical Sleuthing

Fewer murders are solved in the brains of super-detectives than by surgeons at their autopsy tables. The small band of U. S. doctors who occupy the point of contact between medicine and the law must be not only smart but versatile. Granted that they should be well-grounded in medicine, surgery and autopsy technique, they must also know special tests for blood and other stains, be familiar with firearms and the effects on human tissues of bullets and powder; with botany (to identify plant dusts on clothing, vegetable fibres and plant seeds in stomachs);...

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