By Gerald L. Vale, DDS, MDS, MPH, JD
How did you get into the field of forensic dentistry?
After having an orthodontic practice for about 18 years, I decided to pursue additional studies and earned degrees in both public health and law. I was interested in forensic dentistry, having heard about dental evidence being used in legal matters. Then, by chance in 1968, I was contacted by the coroner’s office when a helicopter crashed en route from Los Angeles International Airport to Disneyland, killing 21 people. I was asked to assist in the investigation. I did and was able help identify those who died.
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