3 Med. Sci. & L. 1 (1962)

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MEDICINE

                      SCIENCE

                                       and the LAW

   Vol. 3               October   1962               No.   x


                        EDITORIAL

IN this issue we publish in full, for the first time, the entire proceed-
ings of the Third Annual Scientific Meeting of the Academy, which
was held on July 27-29, 1962. Accordingly, this number is a Special
Issue dealing with Hazards of the Road, which was the main subject
of the Meeting, to which authorities on all aspects of the problem
were  invited.
   The  Meeting was organised so as to allow the maximum  time
for discussion. Through  the generosity of the British Insurance
Association it was possible to make the papers contributed by the
speakers available in the printed Programme before the Meeting
began.  Although at the end of the meeting it was clear that many
problems  remained unsolved, the programme  seems to have been
thought on  the whole to have been a great success and the con-
tributions of the highest.
    The Presidential Address by Sir Thomas Lund, the Secretary of
The  Law  Society, in whose Hall the meeting took place, was of
extreme importance and interest. It is published in full on pp. 401-
410.  Its importance lies in the value of a comparative study which
he had conducted  into the practice in respect of expert testimony
throughout  the world.  Moreover, it is of particular significance
in view of the fact that at the moment there is a committee of the
British Medical Association, Bar Council and the The Law Society
considering this subject in relation to medical evidence.
    London was  also the scene of another important meeting: the
Third International Conference on Alcohol and Road Traffic which
was  held under the auspices of the British Medical Association. A
report of the meeting will appear in a later issue. The international
aspect of the problems of road accidents does not need stressing. It
is imperative that the magnitude of this source of death, temporary
and  permanent incapacity and financial waste, which is indeed of
international significance, is fully realised. Every contribution to
the solution of the problem is valuable and we are sure that the
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