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The latest Medico-Legal Journal (Volume 87 Part 1) has been published. The Editors have made some thoughtful comments on Assisted Dying referring, in particular, to the Charlie Gard case.

Elisabeth Wilkinson’s talk to the Society on the Germanwings Disaster – the plane whose pilot flew his plane into a mountainside – is reproduced in full including the subsequent discussion.

Contributions from India include articles on the role of dental evidence in establishing post-mortem identity and on Brain-stem Death.

Contributors from Palermo discuss killing methods in Sicilian Mafia Families and our long-standing member Alec Samuels discusses whether the NHS has been reasonable in refusing treatment taking circumstances and regulatory factors into account.




The Society’s current president, Sir Robert Francis QC is best known for his chairmanship of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust Public Enquiry. He was installed on 11th October  2018 –  our first meeting of the 2018-2019 season. His presidential address concerned the sad cases of Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard and  whether withdrawal of treatment was in the best interests of such children. A full report will appear in the Medico-Legal Journal in due course.