Top positive review
on 27 September 2016
Well written and engaging. Simpson was clearly a cut above (no pun) his contemporaries and was obviously a front-runner in his discipline. The book shows how rudimentary the field of Pathology was at the time, and apart from a few novel tests for blood grouping and the like, the methodology was still fairly crude.
Simpson illustrates some contempt for several of his more ham-fisted peers, which appears to be based more on personality differences than professional ineptitude. The man obviously did not suffer fools.
Also worth reading is his secretary's account of some if his cases. Molly Lefebure's book Murder on the home front' illustrates her sincere partisanship for Simpson but also gives her own accounts of some notable cases. Both of these books are worth a read for those with a sense of history.