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ISBN: 0892648007
Author: Tz'u Sung,Mcknight,Brian McKnight
Language: English
Publisher: U OF M CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES (January 1, 1981)
Pages: 196
Category: Medicine
Subcategory: Medicine
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Certainly forensic science has advanced by leaps and bounds since the first publication of The Washing Away of Wrongs, yet I was struck by how the foundations of good forensic work has not changed, from the method of determining self-inflicted wounds and suicide (determined by the directionality of incisions or the disposition of the body), to the recommendation that tiny. details be not overlooked (for example looking underneath fingernails or in various orifices for clues of foul-play. An Asian maxim says, "China is the ocean that salts all rivers that flow into i.

The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China (Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia).

T'zu's The Washing Away of Wrongs (Hsi y an chi lu), printed in 1247, is the oldest extant book on forensic medicine in the world. Written as a guide for magistrates in conducting inquests, the book is a major source on early Chinese knowledge of pathology and morbid anatomy. Includes a lengthy introductory essay by the translator. The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China (Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia). 0892648007 (ISBN13: 9780892648009).

T'zu'sThe Washing Away of Wrongs (Hsi yüan chi lu), printed in 1247, is the oldest extant book on forensic medicine in the world. eISBN: 978-1-938937-03-3. Subjects: Sociology, Health Sciences.

In 1981 D. Brian E. McKnight published The Washing Away of Wrongs . The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China

In 1981 D. McKnight published The Washing Away of Wrongs: Forensic Medicine in Thirteenth-Century China. List of Chinese physicians. The washing away of wrongs: forensic medicine in thirteenth-century China. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, U of Michigan, 1981. Science, medicine, and technology in East Asia, v. 1. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1981.

Translated and introduced by Brian E. McKnight. Translated and introduced by Brian E. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies, Science, Medicine, and Technology in East Asia no. 1, 1981. xv, 181 pp. Illustrations, Bibliography, Index.

Written as a guide for magistrates in conducting inquests, the book is a major source on early Chinese knowledge of pathology and morbid anatomy.

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By the time The Washing Away of Wrongs was written in the mid-thirteenth century China had already been conducting forensic assessments for violent or suspicious deaths for centuries. Bureaucrats, not full-time detectives or forensic scientists, were responsible for leading inquests as a small part of their duties (Sung 1247/1981, p. 5). Professionals, who were the equivalent of coroners or midwives, were asked to examine a corpse during an inquest (Sung 1247/1981, p. 11).

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T'zu's The Washing Away of Wrongs (Hsi yüan chi lu), printed in 1247, is the oldest extant book on forensic medicine in the world. Written as a guide for magistrates in conducting inquests, the book is a major source on early Chinese knowledge of pathology and morbid anatomy. Includes a lengthy introductory essay by the translator.  

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_The Washing Away of Wrongs_ is a guide to Song dynasty (10th - 13th century) bureaucrats investigating questionable deaths. Considered the first treatise on forensics, it is an interesting read, both for its technical merits and for its historical value. As a historian who has a cursory interest in forensic anthropology, it doubly caught my eye.

Initally the book outlines the responsibilities of the official,proceedures for medical examination and specific advice on questioning suspects, interviewing familiy members and reminding investigators of the consequences of making false accusations. This is followed by a detailed primer on how to begin an investigation of suspicious death, beginning with examining the disposition of the body, examining orifices, ways of determining whether the corpse was moved and clues to possible causes of death.

Forensically, the richest part of the text was its section titled "Difficult Cases", which expained how an official could find facts when the cause of death appears to be something else (for example, when strangulation was masked as suicide by hanging, or an intentional drowning was made to look like an accident.) A pharmacopaeia is also provided to make obscure injuries appear. A detailed description of determining time of death by the rate of decomposition is disucssed as well.

Certainly forensic science has advanced by leaps and bounds since the first publication of _The Washing Away of Wrongs_, yet I was struck by how the foundations of good forensic work has not changed, from the method of determining self-inflicted wounds and suicide (determined by the directionality of incisions or the disposition of the body), to the recommendation that tiny details be not overlooked (for example looking underneath fingernails or in various orifices for clues of foul-play.)

An Asian maxim says, "China is the ocean that salts all rivers that flow into it." _The Washing Away of Wrongs_ certainly is one example of many of the tremendous influence Chinese science has had on the rest of the world. Admittedly the appeal of the book is narrow, but it was a fascinating intellectual exercise.
Nenayally
This was a gift for my husband, sho is a retire LE investigator. He's finding it fasciinating!
Qus
enjoyed the read

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