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Police surgeons are important part of criminal justice system

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 29 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:303
  1. Margaret M Stark (, chair, education and research subcommittee, Association of Police Surgeons
  1. Association of Police Surgeons, 18A Mount Parade, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 1BX

    EDITOR—Clinical forensic medicine is one of the most dynamic and rapidly advancing specialties, but the article in Career Focus missed an opportunity to show just how the work of a police surgeon has changed in recent years.1

    In contrast to the views expressed, the assessment of drink-drivers is now a minor component of the work. Much more of the doctor's time is spent assessing substance misusers, mentally ill people, injured prisoners, and people with pre-existing morbidity to determine …

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