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11 December:7 pm
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: modernising fitness to practise adjudication.
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With the exception of the Annual Dinner, all meetings will take place at 7 p.m. at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9EB, followed by a drinks reception.


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Andrew Rose
This article is taken from the Medico-Legal Journal, which provides readers with considered and stimulating articles on all aspects of medico-legal theory and practice.
Andrew Rose's fascinating talk was based on his critical biography of Sir Bernard Spilsbury - whose forensic expert medical testimony acquired stellar and nigh invincible status even when the weaknesses and inconsistencies in his evidence should have been recognised during a number of murder trials. As a result of his extraordinary status and the regard of judges and juries, Rose explains how several people accused of murder were wrongly convicted of murder and hanged or imprisoned on the basis of Spilsbury's flawed evidence. Eventually, weaknesses in his forensic techniques and analysis were exposed and he fell rapidly from grace and judges no longer told juries that his opinion was the very best available. After his career had declined dramatically and his doctor son was killed in the Blitz, Spilsbury became very depressed and committed suicide by gassing himself in his laboratory. We must hope that no medical expert witness will acquire such power to sway a jury ever again.
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