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Some Famous Medical Trials

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In this fascinating book, Dr. Leonard A. Parry, a physician and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, brings to light many interesting cases that have been passed over by the more general chronicler. Thirty-two cases, spanning the years 1615 to 1924 and chosen with a view to their historical and legal significance, give an excellent idea of the evolution of criminal jurisprudence in England.

Dr. Parry appeals not only to one's curiosity for the morbid and the thrilling, but ...

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Overview

In this fascinating book, Dr. Leonard A. Parry, a physician and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, brings to light many interesting cases that have been passed over by the more general chronicler. Thirty-two cases, spanning the years 1615 to 1924 and chosen with a view to their historical and legal significance, give an excellent idea of the evolution of criminal jurisprudence in England.

Dr. Parry appeals not only to one's curiosity for the morbid and the thrilling, but also to one's analytic instincts by taking a judiciously legalistic approach to his subject matter. As a physician, he has naturally focused on the medical evidence in the cases, while underlining the problematic and intellectual aspects.

Not all deal with murder. They present a panoply of treason, medical forgery, abortion, rebellion, torture, libel, and assault. Based on a well-planned and well-balanced record of original sources, the cases are as valuable to the student of legal medicine and to the amateur criminologist, as they are irresistible to the lover of grim and gruesome melodrama.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587980312
  • Publisher: Beard Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter I. The Murder of Sir Thomas Overbury 1
Chapter II. A Queen's Physician Charged with Treason 17
Chapter III. Dr. Cross, his Wife and his Governess 31
Chapter IV. Two Medical Forgers 36
Chapter V. Collins, the Abortionist 40
Chapter VI. A Medical Firebrand 54
Chapter VII. The Trial of Dr. Pritchard 64
Chapter VIII. A Nineteenth Century Fashionable Quack 70
Chapter IX. Levi Weil, Thief and Murderer 77
Chapter X. The Trial of Florence Hensey, M.D., for High Treason at Westminster Hall, June, 1758 80
Chapter XI. Dr. Lamson 88
Chapter XII. Dr. Hunter and the "Pall Mall Gazette" 104
Chapter XIII. Dr. Spreull and the Torture 110
Chapter XIV. The First Case of Murder by Morphia 122
Chapter XV. The Murder of Doctor by Doctor 131
Chapter XVI. The Case of Dr. Edward Sheridan 135
Chapter XVII. Dr. Neil Cream, Wholesale Poisoner 147
Chaptex XVIII. The Murder of M'Donald by Dr. Smith, of Aberdeenshire 164
Chapter XIX. Dr. Crippen's Trial 170
Chapter XX. A Medical Libel 186
Chapter XXI. Dr. Smethurst's Lucky Escape 193
Chapter XXII. The Trial of Charles Bateman, Surgeon, of London, at the Old Bailey for High Treason, 1685 208
Chapter XXIII. The Brighton Murder 216
Chapter XXIV. Miscellaneous Cases 223
Chapter XXV. The Case of Dr. Joseph Collier 229
Chapter XXVI. Palmer the Poisoner 235
Chapter XXVII. The Resurrection Men 259
Chapter XXVIII. Dr. Bastwick and the Star Chamber 277
Chapter XXIX. The Case of Dr. Archibald Cameron 280
Chapter XXX. Court-martial on a Naval Surgeon 293
Chapter XXXI. The Case of Henry Harrison 299
Chapter XXXII. The Prosecution of Dr. Hadwen 310
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