General Introduction

  • Andreas Maehly
  • Lars Strömberg

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Europe Nicotine Alkaloid Malaysia Egypt 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Maehly
    • 1
  • Lars Strömberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic ScienceStatens Kriminaltekniska LaboratoriumLinköpingSweden

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