Cartoon in Glasgow University Magazine 14 February 1917, the second in the series "Possible Nightmares of Prominent People."
John Glaister was Professor of Forensic Medicine and Public Health at the University of Glasgow from 1898 to 1931. He was a prestigious forensic scientist and author of Medical Jurisprudence, still considered a standard textbook. Glaister had a high public profile due to his regular (and often dramatic) appearances in court as an expert witness - hence the cartoonists' depiction of his "nightmare" of executed criminals returning to haunt him. The novelist and lawyer Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the popular Perry Mason books, dedicated one of his novels (The Case of the Horrified Heirs) to him.
Glaister was succeeded in the chair by his son, also John Glaister.
Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, DC198/28
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