Book: Forensic Emergency Medicine

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:638
  1. John Heyworth, consultant in emergency medicine
  1. Southampton General Hospital

    Eds Jonathan S Olshaker, M Christine Jackson, William S Smock

    Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, £75, pp 320

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    ISBN 0 7817 3144 5

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    Evolution is a wonderful thing, but even Darwin would be disappointed by the characteristics shown by the current market leaders. Almost uniquely in nature, we exhibit the ability to inflict severe and damaging physical and sexual violence on each other, for reasons not involving our own survival or territorial dominance. Something has gone badly wrong.

    A recent BMJ editorial suggested banning the use of the word “accident” on the grounds that injury results from events that are predictable and …

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