BECK, Theodric Romeyn.
Elements of Medical Jurisprudence. Second edition, with notes, and an appendix of original cases and the latest discoveries. By William Dunlop.
London: Printed for John Anderson,... .1825
8vo, pp. xliv, 640. Half-title. Foxing on the endpapers, and a few spots in the text. Contemporary half calf, upper joint cracking but still quite firm, boards a little rubbed.
Second English edition of the first notable American text on forensic medicine (G&M 1735, the first edition, Albany, 1823). Of particular interest is the 10-page bibliography at the beginning. Dr. George Male, the father of English medical jurisprudence, called this book “one of the best works of juridical medicine that has been compiled either in this or any other country.” Nemec, Highlights in medicolegal relations, 370: “...the first authoritative book on the subject in the United States and one of the best in the English language.” This edition is the earliest English edition in the Wellcome and in the British Library.