Published Online: 1 October 1977
Page Count: 7
Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa.
(Received 22 February 1977; accepted 21 March 1977)
Every discipline must occasionally take stock of where it has been and where it is going, and this is nowhere more important than in a field such as legal medicine in which the practitioners are scattered around the world and have various professional identities and allegiances. Elsewhere I have described the tripartite structure of American legal medicine and the educational implications of the fractionation of the discipline into three divisions focused on psychiatry, pathology, and jurisprudence . The implications for research are analogous and are complicated by the additional problem of coordinating research in legal medicine with research in criminology and criminalistics.
Paper ID: JFS10418J