Frances Glessner Lee

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Frances Glessner Lee was the mother of modern forensic medicine; as an heiress and socialite, she might have been expected by her peers to live a staid, placid life. Her immersion into the gory and sometimes alarming world of post-mortem medical work led to remarkable scientific advancement in the field. Working on the famous “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” – realistic miniature dioramas of crime scenes for training purposes – made her a household name, but her diligence in outreach and research made her irreplaceable.

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