Forensic medicine in Israel

J. Hiss, T. Kahana*, B. Arensburg

*Corresponding author for this work

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We discuss the Israeli medicolegal system, which is rooted in remnants of British jurisprudence. Forensic services for the entire country and the occupied territories (Judea and Samaria), and now the Palestinian Autonomy (Gaza Strip and Jericho), are supplied by one central institute located in Tel Aviv. That organization, the L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine, is a department of the Ministry of Health and has academic affiliation with the University of Tel Aviv. About 2,000 necroscopic examinations are performed annually, and the types of cases encountered in the forensic practice in Israel are noted. The academic and research activities of the Institute's staff are described, with emphasis on collaboration with overseas forensic scientists. The modem history of the country is reflected in the chronicle of the evolution of its forensic medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-157
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997


  • Israel
  • autopsy
  • history
  • medicolegal system


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