Chemistry, microscopy and smell: bloodstains and nineteenth-century legal medicine.

@article{BertomeuSnchez2015ChemistryMA,
  title={Chemistry, microscopy and smell: bloodstains and nineteenth-century legal medicine.},
  author={Jos{\'e} Ram{\'o}n Bertomeu-S{\'a}nchez},
  journal={Annals of science},
  year={2015},
  volume={72 4},
  pages={490-516}
}
This paper analyses the development of three methods for detecting bloodstains during the first half of the nineteenth-century in France. After dealing with the main problems in detecting bloodstains, the paper describes the chemical tests introduced in the mid-1820s. Then the first uses of the microscope in the detection of bloodstains around 1827 are discussed. The most controversial method is then examined, the smell test introduced by Jean-Pierre Barruel in 1829, and the debates which took… CONTINUE READING