Lawyers Guide to Forensic Medicine

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Cavendish Publishing, 1998 - Medical jurisprudence - 275 pages
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This is an updated edition of a successful handbook already popular with barristers, solicitors and a number of judges as a readily-accessible source of quick reference on a wide range of medico-legal topics. Written by a legally-qualified Professor of Forensic Pathology and former Home Office pathologist, it utilises more than 40 years experience to offer a succinct summary of over 200 medico-legal topics. Though arranged in alphabetical order, this is not just a medical dictionary, as these contain much that is not relevant to legal practice and fail to provide a sufficiently expansive account of medico-legal matters. Instead, it is a carefully-selected compendium dealing with those subjects which are most commonly encountered in case-papers, conferences and the courts. It offers a concise overview of factors of importance in many medico-legal problems, from alcohol to head injury, from traffic deaths to child abuse, so that the medical evidence can be quickly evaluated and any deficiencies detected. it indicates the limits of reliability of various procedures and commonly-held medical opinions and points out those which are frequently over interpreted.; Liberally provided with clear line diagrams, including body-maps, it provides a graphic exposition of many anatomical and medical terms, free from professional jargon.
 

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Contents

Anatomical directions
2
Surface outlines of heart and lungs
8
Abortion legislation
15
AIDS
21
Alcohol methyl
28
Aorta
35
Aspirin poisoning
42
Bladder
48
Fingernail marks
114
Hanging
127
Identification
141
Jaw injuries to
147
Mobility and activity after injury
162
Poisoning
177
Reflex cardiac arrest
191
Scalds
194

Blisters
49
Carbon monoxide poisoning
63
Contrecoup injury
76
Death certification
89
Ecstasy
101
Stature estimation of
208
Suffocation
223
Trauma and disease
236
Index
249
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