Melbourne Law School - Research Publications
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Item[Review of the book Brewer's dictionary of 20th century phrase and fable]Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1993)This recent reference work as a record for contemporary and recent phrase coinages and occurrences is a disappointment.
ItemGroundhog day, ..., again! [Review of the book Geographic information science: mastering the legal issues]Park, M. M. ( 2006)The disappointed reviewer concludes that this text is no better than the previous text by the author (also reviewed by the reviewer seven years ago in the Law Institute Journal). This latter book is much less expensive than the earlier one that carried a RRP of $215...Reviewer.
ItemEtymythology. [Review of the book Port out, starboard home and other language myths]Park, M. M. ( 2004)The book reviewed chases down the provenance of words and tackles spurious word origins — “etymythology” as coined by a fellow practitioner Laurence Horn. These are the lexicographical equivalents of urban legends.
Item[Review of the book Take the witness! (a biography of Earl Rogers)]Park, M. M. ( 2008)This hard-to-obtain and out-of-print biography of the renowned Californian criminal defence advocate Earl Rogers is available from the internet. Rogers was the foremost criminal advocate and one of the most celebrated advocates of his period (the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century) and was reputedly the model for Earle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason. His meteoric career was shortened by his own character defects including alcoholism brought about by the pressures imposed upon him by his career and reputation. There is very little available biographical material on Rogers and this copy - scanned from an American public library and available from www.archive.org - is a valuable resource available to Australian readers given that neither the Australian National Library nor the Victorian State Library holds a copy of this work. In fact, none of the Australian law school libraries hold a copy of this book.
Item[Review of the book Complications: a surgeon’s notes on an imperfect science]Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 2005)Author-surgeon’s book describes the limitations of surgery andimprovements and the scope for future advances.
Item[Review of the book A civil action by Jonathan Harr and Wrongful death: a medical tragedy]Park, M. M. (The Victorian Bar, 1997)Two recent books document failed personal injury or tort litigation US style and the procedure underlying the pursuit of law cases.