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Forensic medicine
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1. Meaning of the term

The discipline now called legal or forensic medicine was already known in the early modern era under the synonymous terms medicina forensis or medicina legalis - “judicial medical science” and “judicial medicine.” It was and is concerned with criminal sex acts (Sexuality) and procreation, with crimes of violence and murder, as well as deaths of doubtful causat…

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Lorenz, Maren, “Forensic medicine”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_019958>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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