4 Med. Sci. & L. 1 (1964)

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MEDICINE

                             SCIENCE

                                                  and the LAW


    Vol.  4                    January     1964                    No. i


                            EDITORIAL
 THE Fourth  Scientific Meeting had as its theme Human Relations-Husband
 and Wife.  The  programme  was  divided into the cause of the breakdown, the
 Proof of the breakdown and the results of the breakdown. The speakers were of
 the usual high quality and were most stimulating. and considerable time was given
 up to discussion. The proceedings opened with the Presidential address by Dr.
 11arrison Matthews. who chose as his title  Animal Relations, which is included
 On another page. The subjects of the papers ranged from the observations of the
 general practitioner and psychiatrists on the one hand to the experiences of a
 Practitioner in the divorce court and a Master in the Chancery Division on the other.
 In addition, Dr. Peter Bishop talked fluently on the endocrines in relation to
 Marriage, including sex change, whilst Mr. McGregor closed the proceedings with
 a most provocative paper on the social aspects.
   In contrast to previous years, the programme was of a more general character
but the attendance was good.   Certain criticisms were levelled at the subject as
being lacking in interest to specialist scientists and of more interest to lawyers.
Nevertheless, it followed the policy of the Academy  to offer a broadening  of
interest, and certainly those who do not normally come in contact with the various
Problems involved were just as active in the discussions.
   This  need for cross-fertilisation has been well illustrated in a practical way
recently in connection with the collection of samples of urine for analysis for
alcohol. Although the original report of the British Medical Association on  The
Recognition of Intoxication  laid down the standard required for the collection
of urine and that the container should have a screw cap and should be chemically
clean, sterile and contain a preservative, there appears to be no official directive
On the subject. So too, whereas suitable containers are supplied by the Forensic
Science Laboratories which fully conform to the proper standard, it has become
clear that in some areas urine has been collected into bottles which not only are not
sterile but, in fact, contain bacteria which are capable of fermentation, whilst far
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