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Forensic medicine and death investigation in medieval England

Author: Sara M Butler
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2015.
Series: Routledge research in medieval studies, 7.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death investigation in medieval England. The central premise of this book is that medical practitioners did participate in death  Read more...
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Butler, Sara M.
Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sara M Butler
ISBN: 9781317610250 1317610253 9781315749808 1315749807
OCLC Number: 894139656
Description: 1 online resource (328 pages).
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Table of Royal Statutes; List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 The Coroners; 2 The Jurors; 3 The Process of Investigation; 4 The Medical Dimension of a Coroner's Inquest; 5 Health and Healthcare in the Coroners' Rolls; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Routledge research in medieval studies, 7.
Responsibility: Sara M. Butler.

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"England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death investigation in medieval England. The central premise of this book is that medical practitioners did participate in death investigation although not in every inquest, or even most, and not necessarily in those investigations where we today would deem their advice most pertinent. The medieval relationship with death and disease, in particular, shaped coroners' and their jurors' understanding of the inquest's medical needs and led them to conclusions that can only be understood in context of the medieval world's holistic approach to health and medicine. Moreover, while the English resisted Southern Europe's penchant for autopsies, at times their findings reveal a solid understanding of internal medicine. By studying cause of death in the coroners' reports, this study sheds new light on subjects such as abortion by assault, bubonic plague, cruentation, epilepsy, insanity, senescence, and unnatural death"--Provided by publisher.

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