June 15, 2020
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Erasistratus and Herophilus perform the first autopsies in Alexandria.
Galen, physician to Roman gladiators, dissects both animal and humans to search for the causes of disease.
Roman attorney Quintilian shows that a bloody handprint was intended to frame a blind man for his mother’s murder.
King Richard Plantagenet officially creates the position of coroner.
First forensic autopsies are done at the University of Bologna.
Sung Tz’u publishes Hsi Yuan Lu (The Washing Away of Wrongs), the first forensic text.
De Officia Coronatoris, which describes the coroner’s duties, is published in England.
Pope Clement VI orders autopsies on victims of the Black Death to hopefully find a cause for the plague.
University of Leipzig offers the first courses in forensic medicine.
Johann Metzger develops a method for isolating arsenic.
Sevillas isolates arsenic from human stomach contents and urine, giving birth to the field of forensic toxicology.
Masaeo Takayama develops a microcrystalline test for blood hemoglobin.
The science of forensics is now recognized as a critical ingredient in law enforcement and the solution of crimes
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