There are often serious questions raised by people in the general public about the ethical conduct of their forensic physicians. Health care activists generally justifiably become infuriated when the very doctors they have under review insist that they have no place in the investigations of the medical profession as the mainstream medical community generally trys to keep a closed system of self-review intact.
A consideration of the problem of a conspiracy of silence by the organized medical profession about what is really going on in the medical schools, clinics, hospitals and behind the lines in the courts is provocatively raised by Kelly Pyrek in her book “Forensic science under siege.” Pyrek highlights in this book that forensic science laboratories’ reputations have increasingly come under fire. It is noted that “incidents of tainted evidence, false reports, allegations of negligence, scientifically flawed testimony, or – worse yet – perjury in in-court testimony, have all served to cast a shadow over the forensic sciences.”
These problematic trends in forensic science are integrated and explained in Forensic Science Under Siege. The issues raised in this book are compelling and leave the wise skeptics among us realistically concerned about who is actually sane and competent versus who is actually insane and incompetent, and who are actually the criminals versus the innocent, when the bottom line is you really can not trust far too many of the forensic specialists themselves.
Photographer: Simon Howden
Mandel News Service