Publisher Information: London: 1878.
[Taylor, Alfred Swaine (1806-80).] Post mortem examinations for accident insurance companies [and] Found drowned. Galley proof, with autograph corrections, of two unsigned articles published in the British Medical Journal (Jan.-June 1878): 25-26 and 96-97. [London, 1878.] 1 sheet. 635 x 150 mm. Creased but very good.
From the archive of Alfred Swaine Taylor, founder of forensic toxicology and the leading medical jurist in England in the mid-nineteenth century. Taylor held the professorship post of medical jurisprudence at Guy’s Hospital from 1831 until 1877 and was the author of several books on forensic medicine, including Elements of Medical Jurisprudence (1836; Garrison-Morton.com 1738). He also served as chief editor of the Medical Times and Gazette from 1844 to 1851.
The first article in this galley proof criticizes insurance companies for improper practices in their use of post-mortem examinations; the second condemns the results of a coroner’s inquest which had returned a verdict of “drowned” on a body found in the Thames even though the victim had clearly been beaten severely before entering the water. The articles are unsigned but clearly by Taylor.Book Id: 46194