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Forensic Science In A Nutshell; Donating Your Body To Science

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A tiny knife, a miniature bloodstained blanket.

Bruce Goldfarb, of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, tells us about the tiny clues staged by Frances Glessner Lee, considered the mother of forensic science. During World War II, Lee designed scale models of unexplained deaths as a tool to teach detectives unbiased observation. Seventy years later, her models are still in use. Hear more about Lee's models at a panel discussion tonight at the Maryland Historical Society. Ticket information here.

See more photos of Lee's models here.

Plus, Dan Hensley of the Maryland Department of Health State Anatomy Board tell us why people choose to donate their bodies to medical research, and how their contributions are honored at a state memorial service. This interview originially aired on June 12, 2019. Listen to the full show here.

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