Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body

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A fascinating exhibition by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, called Visible Proofs, details the history of forensic medicine and the current trends in technology influencing the field.

Visible Proofs “testify on behalf of the victims of violent crime and against the guilty, and console and inspire and amaze us.”

The site offers a great overview of forensic science with numerous links and resources available. It even has an education section that provides lesson plans for teachers.

The images above are a few of the forensic illustrations made during the 1800s, from the gallery.

“In atlases and manuals of legal medicine, 19th-century forensic pathologists used pictures and words to show students and colleagues their methodology—a precise inventorying of the condition of the victim’s body.”



3 thoughts on “Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body”

  1. Aw man, I wish I had known about this three weeks ago since I was at NIH and had quite a bit of down time between all the things I needed to do… darn.

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