FIRST EDITION, 3 vols. bound as 1, 8vo, pp. [iv], l, xv, [i], 440; [iv], 472; [ii], 153, , ii, 371, . Later half calf, marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. A little light spotting in places. Joints rubbed and rear joint cracking but sound, corners a touch worn, some creasing to spine. Library stamp to front pastedown, newspaper clipping pasted to binder’s blank facing title-page.
A pioneering work on its subject by physician and author John Ayrton Paris (1785–1856) and the barrister J. S. M. Fonblanque (1787–1865). The preface defines the field as 'a science by which medicine, and its collateral branches, are made subservient to the construction, elucidation, and administration of the laws; and to the preservation of public health', and divides it into Forensic Medicine and Medical Police (i.e. policy). It was recently brought back into print by Cambridge University Press as part of their History of Medicine Library Collection.