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La natura in tribunale: conoscenze e pratiche medico-legali a Roma nel XVII secolo

De Renzi, Silvia (2001). La natura in tribunale: conoscenze e pratiche medico-legali a Roma nel XVII secolo. Quaderni Storici, 108(3) pp. 799–822.

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By analysing two consilia written by Paolo Zacchia, this paper explores what constituted a medico-legal fact in the law courts of 17th-century Rome. A founding father of legal medicine, Zacchia was strongly committed to strengthening the physicians' authority on a growing range of issues. A key element in his consilia was the identification of the series facti, the sequence of the events which he extracted from the legal dossier and assessed in order to establish its correct medical chronology. To do this he would mobilize his doctrine, but also engage with the accounts of the events which had already been produced in the courtroom, including witnesses' testimonies. This paper discusses Zacchia's practice in relation to the history of the genre of consilia in medical and legal writing, and in connection with contemporary juridical debates on the competence of witnesses, both lay and expert, in establishing facts.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0301-6307
Extra Information: Although the paper is in Italian, an abstract in English is included in the journal (copied above).
Keywords: history of legal-medicine; Paolo Zacchia; history of matter of fact;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 3522
Depositing User: Silvia De Renzi
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 09:50
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