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Medico-Legal Society of Victoria

Established in 1931 to provide a forum for discussion of subjects of interest to the medical and legal professions, this Society was modelled on the British Medico-Legal Society, with which it affiliated in 1932. The Society's usual procedure in its early years was to hear a paper after dinner before inviting discussion. Early discussants were loquacious, forcing the Society to amend its constitution in 1937-38 to limit speeches in discussion to five minutes. The proceedings, edited to turn 'the sometimes rambling remarks of discussants to prose, almost worthy of Bacon's essays', were published irregularly. The Society continues to meet.

Simon Cooke