Great look at the start of forensic pathology, anthropology and dentistry in the US – 1849

Human remains found in the murder of Dr. George Parkman. Pamphlet exclusive to the N.Y. Daily Globe (1850). (Public domain image via the NIH National Library of Medicine.)

Grisly stories about murder and dismemberment  is not just a recent occurrence. This is an incredibly well-documented case of identification of human remains that reflects what SHOULD be practiced in the US and elsewhere. I’m in the middle of a trunk full of contemporary cases where this was not practiced. From Forbes.

The story starts just before Thanksgiving in 1849, when Dr. George Parkman went missing.  Parkman was from a wealthy Boston family, an old-timey Doogie Howser who entered Harvard at age 15. He went to medical school in Scotland, returning after the War of 1812. Parkman donated some land in Boston to Harvard Medical College so that the school could relocate from Cambridge. He was also well-known for lending money from his considerable fortune and for walking around town to collect on those debts.

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Dr. Michael Bowers is a long time forensic consultant in the US and international court systems.
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