Date of Award

Summer 1966

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Legal medicine can be defined as "the aoience of the application of medical knowledge to the purposes of the law." Therefore, its limits are on the one hand the requirements of the laws and on the other the whole range of medicine, that is to say, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, medicine, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, and all the sciences auxiliary thereto, that is, chemistry, physics, botany, et cetera; all lend their aid when necessity arises and in the same case to enable a court of law to arrive at a proper conclusion on a contested question affecting life or property."

With the realization of the importance of legal medicine to society, this paper is an attempt to synthesize some of the more important developmental aspects related to the establishment of one of the country's first legal medicine departments.

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