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Essential Forensic Medicine

Essential Forensic Medicine

Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Year 01/01/2020
Edition First
Pages 480
Version paperback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
Language English
ISBN 9780470748633
Categories Analytical chemistry, Biology, life sciences
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Provides an invaluable distillation of key topics in forensic medicine for undergraduate, masters, and postgraduate students Essential Forensic Medicine covers the broad area of the forensic medical sciences, delivering core knowledge in the biomedical sciences, and the law and ethics surrounding them. Concise, accessible chapters cover a wide range of topics from basic forensic identification and examination techniques to forensic toxicology and psychiatry. Written by internationally-recognized experts in the field, this authoritative guide offers complete chapter coverage of the legal system, courts, and witnesses; investigation of the deceased and their lawful disposal; and the duties of a registered medical practitioner and the General Medical Council. It instructs readers on the general principles of scene examination and the medico-legal autopsy including how to interpret the many kinds of injuries one can suffer--including those from blunt impact and sharp force, firearms and explosives, asphyxia and drowning. Further chapters cover sexual offences, child abuse, and using DNA in human identification, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse. A fresh, accessible, up to date textbook on forensic medicine Written by a well-known experts with decades of experience in the field Includes numerous figures and tables, and detailed lists of key information Features numerous case studies to reinforce key concepts and ideas explored within the book Helps students to prepare for examinations and enables practitioners to broaden their understanding of the discipline Part of the "Essential Forensic Science" series, Essential Forensic Medicine is a highly useful guide for advanced undergraduate students, master's students, and new practitioners to the field.

Essential Forensic Medicine

Table of contents

List of Contributors xix

Series Foreword xxi

Preface xxiii

Acknowledgements xxv

1 The Legal System, Courts, and Witnesses 1
Peter Vanezis

1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 British courts 2

1.3 The Supreme court of the United Kingdom 2

1.4 English and Welsh courts 3

1.5 Scottish Courts 4

1.6 Northern Ireland Courts 6

1.7 Other courts 6

1.8 Types of witnesses and evidence 7

References 11

2 Investigation of the Deceased and Their Lawful Disposal 13
Peter Vanezis

2.1 Introduction 13

2.2 Certification of details of death by the Registrar of births and deaths and lawful disposal of the body 13

2.3 Death certificate 14

2.4 When may a doctor issue a death certificate? 14

2.5 The form of the certificate in England and Wales 14

2.6 Legal procedures in the coroner system 14

2.7 Deaths abroad 19

2.8 Inquests 19

2.9 Registration of death 21

2.10 Burial 21

2.11 Cremation 21

2.12 The Human Tissue Act 2004 and Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 24

2.13 Exhumation is discussed in detail in Chapter 5 25

2.14 Legal procedures in death investigation: Other systems 25

References 27

3 The Duties of a Registered Medical Practitioner and the General Medical Council 29
Peter Vanezis

3.1 Medical Acts 29

3.2 Role of the GMC 30

3.3 Consent 32

3.4 Decisions involving children and young people 33

3.5 Consent and capacity 34

3.6 Medical confidentiality 35

3.7 Consent for disclosure 35

References 36

4 General Principles of Scene Examination 37
Peter Vanezis

4.1 Concept of the scene 37

4.2 Scene investigation and Locard's principle 38

4.3 Scene location and associated problems 40

4.4 Type of incidents 46

4.5 The forensic pathologist and other medical personnel at the scene 47

References 52

Further reading 53

5 The Medico?legal Autopsy 55
Peter Vanezis

5.1 Introduction 55

5.2 Historical background 55

5.3 Types of autopsy 57

5.4 Types of autopsy in the Coroner system 58

5.5 Autopsy procedure 60

5.6 Examination of the exhumed body 67

5.7 Safety in the mortuary and dealing with high?risk cases 69

References 70

Further reading 71

6 Interpretation of Injuries: General Principles, Classification, and Age Estimation 73
Peter Vanezis

6.1 Introduction 73

6.2 General aspects 73

6.3 Timing of bruises 77

6.4 Colour measurement of bruising 80

6.5 Differentiation from artefacts and other post?mortem appearances 82

6.6 Decomposition 85

References 86

Further reading 87

7 Blunt Impact Trauma 89
Peter Vanezis

7.1 External surface injuries 90


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