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Edited by R Palmer, D Wetherill. The Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2005, £24.95, pp 196. ISBN 1853155489.
This book is intended to assist lawyers working in medicolegal fields by enabling them to commission an expert witness to write a medical report, and by endowing them with sufficient knowledge of medical practice to interpret the report. It consists of fifteen chapters, each regarding a different area of medical or surgical specialty, and each written by an expert or experts in the relevant field.
There is not room here to consider each chapter individually, but the range of specialties covered is good and broad. With the exception of chapter one, which summarises the functions of the human body’s major systems, the authors give accounts of their …