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on Nov 17, 2009
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A Chinese book, Hsi Duan Yu (the washing away of wrongs), contains a description of how to distinguish drowning from strangulation. This was the first recorded application of medical knowledge to the solution of crime.
Quintilian, an attorney in the Roman courts, showed that bloody palm prints were meant to frame a blind man of his mother's murder.
Chinese used fingerprints to establish identity of documents and clay sculpture, but without any formal classification system.
Fingerprints were found in early paintings and in rock carvings of prehistoric humans.