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Spilsbury, Sir Bernard (1877-1947), Forensic Pathologist
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Cases include sudden deaths from a variety of natural causes, accidents (including medical accidents, especially anaesthesia-related), suicide, and criminal abortion, also suspicious deaths of infants, as well as cases of murder and manslaughter. Among the cases of particular interest: 5/5 examination of child's clothing etc for semen; 5/11 mummified infant; 5/51 apparent suicide of doctor by morphine; 5/67 outbreak of food poisoning in boarding house; 5/137 old gunshot wound sustained during War, operation on discharging sinuses which did not heal; 5/146 alleged food poisoning at Frascati's restaurant; 5/191 accident in lift; 5/206 accidental death attributed to 'sucking the monkey' - sipping spirits from casks via a tube

The following cases are already in the public domain:
5/4 Rex v Golding - insane and unfit to plead
5/22 Rex v Guilio
5/39 Rex v W R G Cornwall murder
5/47 Rex v A A C Goslett murder;
5/79 Rex v Jenkins and Jones murder;
5/81 Rex v Sidney Hughes murder, with sketch of wound in neck of victim
5/83 Rex v Bailey murder
5/86 Rex v A J Bartlett murder
5/101 Rex v Robert Brown acquitted
5/132 Rex v T H Thorn murder
5/141 Rex v P McCann cutthroat murder
5/154 Rex v John Louis de Bron murder;
5/187 Rex re Thos Leonard Elliott



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