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Friday, October 14, 2005

Forensic: What does it really mean?

Dr. Doug Mossman, a forensic psychiatrist, points us to this new article in the October 15 edition of the Lancet for a fun read.  He states,

The October 15 issue of The Lancet contains a short, informative history of how the word "forensic" has been used. Noting that "few terms connected with applied science and medicine have undergone so drastic a process of ‘linguistic drift,’" author Michael J. Clark traces the word’s uses from its earliest applications (involving medical evidence) through today’s most common usages, where "forensic evidence" typically refers to analyzing "trace evidence left at crime scenes." You can find the article through The Lancet’s website: http://www.thelancet.com/home.

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