In the history of human civilization, there was an early urge for thought and experimentation in the fields of religion, philosophy, medicine and law. This was of course due to the basic needs of man, beyond the “natural” needs for food and propagation. From these roots, the tree of knowledge grew and branched. Some twigs from these branches eventually contributed to the field of forensic sciences. A very recent development, from the historical point of view, was the emergence of police forces about a century ago. A schematic diagram (Fig. A. 1) depicts these relationships.
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