Experts to discuss evolution of forensic medicine

Experts to discuss evolution of forensic medicine

Advances in forensic medicine have changed the face of criminal justice and this journey will be under the spotlight at a free public event on Thursday.

The University of Aberdeen's recently retired pathologist Dr James Grieve will be joined by Dr Matt Lyall, new Senior Lecturer in Forensic Medicine, to discuss the historical evolution of forensic medicine at The March of the Medical Policeman: Musings on Mythology and Murder through the Millennium.

The event, to be held at the Suttie Centre, Foresterhill, from 7pm to 9pm will review the practice of Forensic Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence, from its inception as the "Medical Police" in conjunction with Public Health in Scotland during the Enlightenment, to its present day situation as one of the newest registrable pathological specialities (2013), from national and local perspectives.

Dr Grieve dedicated his career to investigations into deaths including murders, suicides and accidents.

He provided expertise in the Malcolm Webster case, Orkney Curry House murder and Nat Fraser cases, as well as the Super Puma Crashes, and many others over 25 years in the job.

He has also given advice to various national and international enquiries, such as the UN Investigation of mass graves in former Yugoslavia, most recently as President of the British Association in Forensic Medicine.  

Dr Grieve said: “I look forward to giving what I hope will be interesting insights into forensic medicine, a field to which I have devoted most of my professional life.”

The event is free to attend and open to all. For more details visit