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The latest edition of the Medico-Legal Journal (Volume 87 Part 3 2019) has been published.

In a joint editorial, the Editors have commented upon whether pets are good for our health. The toasts proposed by Dame Nicola Davies and Dame Clare Marx at the Society’s Annual Dinner are reported with accompanying photographs.

The address on Assisted Fertility by Catherine Drennan, Head of the legal dept at the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority is printed with the associated discussion.

There are original articles: from the University of Texas whose authors take issue with a previous author’s forensic analysis of the fractures observed in a 3 million year old fossil from Ethiopia, from members of a Nepalese Department of Forensic Medicine  who discuss neonaticide and the prosecution of the mother held responsible and from a retired London Psychiatrist who writes about the safeguards that would be needed if Assisted Dying became lawful. On a more parochial level, a retiring member of the Society’s Council comments on the changes in its constitution and the passing of the “Barnes Rhythm Method.”




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.