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Journal news

The latest edition of the Medico-Legal Journal (Vol 87 pt 4 2019) has been published in both its print and online versions.

The Editors’ joint editorial addresses the issue of “Pollution and Ill Health.” The Journal reports the talk given to the Society by Charles Clayton and James de Courcy (representatives of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation) on the shocking statistics showing trauma to be the leading cause of death and disability in Young People. Former President of the Society (and retired law lecturer) Alec Samuels discusses the role of the NHS both for England and as a provider of healthcare for overseas patients including illegal immigrants.

Contributions from beyond the Society include an article from Nottingham on Litigation in Ophthalmology, a discussion from authors in Syracuse NY on death due to accidental lesion to femoral vessels and a contribution from members of the Institute of Legal Medicine in Cantanzaro Italy on the use of post-mortem multi-slice computed tomography in evaluation of gunshot injuries


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.