Medicine: Sleuths in the Morgue

Might not the nature of the injuries reveal something to my medical instincts? . . . The left parietal bone and the left half of the occipital bone had been shattered by a heavy blow from a blunt weapon. I marked the spot on my own head. Clearly such a blow must have been struck from behind . . .

These ruminations of Dr. Watson in the Boscombe Valley Mystery would seem elementary to Dr. Thomas Arthur Gonzales, New York City's chief medical examiner for 17 years. Yet U.S. cities have long ignored what...

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