Medical Expertise, Bodies, and the Law in Early Modern Courts

De Renzi, Silvia (2007). Medical Expertise, Bodies, and the Law in Early Modern Courts. Isis, 98(2) pp. 315–322.

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Commissioned 3000-word essay for the section Focus of ISIS, the leading journal in the history of science internationally. This section aims to present innovative historiographical approaches, in this case in relation to the theme 'Science and Law'. While discussing recent studies in the history of early modern legal medicine, the article outlines the future research agenda in the area, with a special focus on epistemological issues, including the specific nature of medico-legal evidence, and the role of medical semiotics in its making

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