Harvard Medical School. Department of Legal Medicine. Department of Legal Medicine Records, circa 1877-1967 (inclusive), 1909-1967 (bulk). M-DE06.

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Harvard Medical School. Department of Legal Medicine. Department of Legal Medicine Records, circa 1877-1967 (inclusive), 1909-1967 (bulk). M-DE06.

Subject

Medical jurisprudence

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Letter : Charlestown, Mass., to George B. Magrath, <br /><br />
Boston, Mass., August 18, 1927.<br /><br />
George B. Magrath’s reputation involved him in some of the most celebrated and notorious criminal trials of the early 20th century, and he performed an examination on Alessandro Berardelli, the guard at the Slater & Morrill Shoe Factory who, along…

Photograph of pocket watch with bullet hole, 1920.
George B. Magrath’s reputation involved him in some of the most celebrated and notorious criminal trials of the early 20th century, and he performed an examination on Alessandro Berardelli, the guard at the Slater & Morrill Shoe Factory who, along…

Credo of the Department of Legal Medicine of Harvard University, circa 1960.
While unclear how or even whether this statement of beliefs was ever used, it provides an overview of the purpose and function of the Department of Legal Medicine.

Letter : Littleton, N.H., to Alan R. Moritz, Boston, Mass., <br /><br />
August 21, 1945 . Page 01-03.<br /><br />
This letter from Mrs. Lee to Alan Moritz is one of the few discussions of her work on the Nutshell Studies and documents the meticulous details involved in their creation.
I am glad you have found the study of these cases interesting. I found…

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: Case No. 4. Kitchen.  Page 01-03.
Description of Kitchen model of Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death.

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death: Notes and comments, circa 1946.
Description of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Photograph of a preview of “Mystery Street,” September 1950
An MGM film originally intended as a documentary on the work of the Department of Legal Medicine was later recast as a fictional drama—Mystery Street (also known as Murder at Harvard.) The plot concerns a police detective (Ricardo Montalban)…

Photograph of the aftermath of the Summer Street Bridge disaster, November 8, 1916.
On the evening of November 7, 1916, a streetcar plunged 20 feet off an open drawbridge into the Fort Point Channel, sinking some 30 feet below the surface. There were 47 fatalities and only a handful of survivors. George Burgess Magrath and Timothy…
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