Medicine on trial Medical testimony and forensic expertise in the Scottish high court of justiciary c.1822-1906

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Abstract

This thesis examines the role, construction and influence of medical testimony and forensic expertise in investigations and trials of violent crimes before the Edinburgh High Court of Justiciary from c.1822-1906. This dissertation analyses how important the professional networks and authority of the medical expert was to criminal cases and in what ways the expert's role was mediated by public, judicial and medical responses. To focus on the experience of the forensic expert in detail, cases which involved four individuals who each held the Regius Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Medical Police in Edinburgh are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Barrie, David, Supervisor
  • Kelly, Catherine, Supervisor
  • Stuart, Robert, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 11/11/2019 to 11/11/2021. Made publicly available on 11/11/2021.

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