SAMUEL POLSKY; SPENCER BERESFORD
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In february 1533, a document of unique historical importance was struck on the press of Ivo Schöffer, a printer of Mainz. As though foreshadowing its ultimate obscurity in English speaking countries, this prototype of scientific-legal proof was indifferently received and inattentively handled from its inception.1 Enacted as a statute a year earlier by the Reichstag at Regensburg under the imposing title, "Kaiser Karls des funfften und des heyligen römischen Reiches peinlich Gerichtsordnung," it is perhaps better known as the Carolina Code, or the Penal Laws of Chas. V.2
Earlier in the 1500's had appeared another code, the Bambergensis. This work,
POLSKY S, BERESFORD S. SOME PROBATIVE ASPECTS OF THE EARLY GERMANIC CODES, CAROLINA AND BAMBERGENSIS*. Ann Intern Med. 1943;18:841–845. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-18-5-841
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1943;18(5):841-845.
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