Medico-legal practices in the fifteenth century Dubrovnik.

Show simple item record Buklijas, Tatjana en Fatović-Ferencić, S en
dc.coverage.spatial Croatia en 2012-03-05T02:01:20Z en 2004-04 en
dc.identifier.issn 0353-9504 en
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dc.description.abstract We analyzed the beginnings of medico-legal practices in Dubrovnik, using the first eight books of criminal records series Liber de maleficiis from the early 15th century. We also looked into the mechanisms of individual and public control of the issues such as the patient-physician relationship and the control of epidemics. At that time, surgeons rather than physicians reported wounds to the court of justice and, in most cases, provided medical expertise when requested by the authorities. Cold steel weapons were the usual instruments of violent offences, and the most frequently harmed part of the body was the head. The expert testimonies formally satisfied the requirements laid down in Dubrovnik normative acts of the time, but their medical content was poor and the vocabulary was a mixture of lay and professional. Although Dubrovnik medical practitioners wrote simple expert testimonies and did not perform forensic autopsy, their involvement in the control of violence and development of the legal system corresponded to the role played by physicians and surgeons in the leading continental European centers of the period. en
dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Croat Med J en
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dc.subject Crime en
dc.subject Croatia en
dc.subject Culture en
dc.subject Expert Testimony en
dc.subject Forensic Medicine en
dc.subject History, 15th Century en
dc.subject Humans en
dc.subject Law Enforcement en
dc.subject Morals en
dc.title Medico-legal practices in the fifteenth century Dubrovnik. en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 220 en
pubs.volume 45 en
dc.identifier.pmid 15103763 en en
pubs.end-page 225 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 109024 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2013-06-05 en
pubs.dimensions-id 15103763 en

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