forensic medicine resources for medical students
Established in 1999, www.forensicmed.co.uk still remains the only website dedicated to providing comprehensive educational resources to medical students on forensic medicine and pathology, and has been archived by the UK Web Archiving Consortium (www.webarchive.org.uk), having been selected for preservation by the Wellcome Trust (www.wellcome.ac.uk).
This subject is rarely taught at undergraduate level in the UK and so this website remains a unique resource for the application of forensic principles to clinical medicine.
Some may find the subject matter distressing. It is not my intention to offend, but to provide educational materials for medical students (and others); if you are likely to be offended by the subject of violent injury/ death, and the aftermath of such violence, please do not proceed any further into this website, which is not suitable for viewing by minors.
This website is best viewed with Google Chrome and Firefox web browsers.
what is forensic pathology?
Source: National Pathology Week
Forensic pathology is a sub-specialty of histopathology, and is concerned with the application of pathological principles to the investigation of the medico-legal aspects of death.
Forensic pathologists are medically qualified doctors who perform autopsies (postmortem examinations) on those who have died suddenly, unexpectedly, or as a result of trauma or poisoning.
Read more about forensic pathology here ...
Forensic or legal medicine has been described as a key to the past, the explanation of the present and to some extent a signpost to the future.
Goode AW and Cameron JM. Medicine, Science, and the Law 2000; 40:2-3
Read about the role of the forensic pathologist in a leaflet produced for the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (UK Royal College of Physicians).
Forensic pathology/ medicine and science links (delicious)
forensicmed is now on pinterest - access the boards here ...
Curated educational resources for forensic medicine/ pathology
For those of you who use a tablet device, you might want to download the Flipboard app and take a look at a new set of curated resources for forensic medicine and pathology. These have been grouped together in the following magazines:
- Forensic pathology education (http://flip.it/mHkME)
- Careers in forensic medicine, pathology and science (http://flip.it/nVVXK)
- Forensic medicine & pathology of the vulnerable patient (http://flip.it/7UZrz)
- Postmortem changes (http://flip.it/y4TNW)
- Identification of the living & the dead (http://flip.it/R0gTI)
- The autopsy (http://flip.it/i.3zD)
- Wounds and injuries (http://flip.it/zRcIi)
- Blunt force trauma (http://flip.it/26UH5)
- Sharp force trauma (http://flip.it/NmdZN)
- Bitemarks & forensic odontology (http://flip.it/pwc_u)
- Forensic aspects of fire, burns & electricity (http://flip.it/oOym1)
- Transport-related trauma (http://flip.it/qMpor)
- Firearms, ballistics & gunshot wounds (http://flip.it/yrpvz)
- Forensic neuropathology (http://flip.it/Z.6lA)
- Concussion in sport (http://flip.it/zGCPo)
- Drowning (http://flip.it/w18kF)
- Pressure on the neck & asphyxia (http://flip.it/7iu8E)
- Paediatric forensic medicine & pathology (http://flip.it/dhr6O)
- Forensic pathology: quality and mistakes (http://flip.it/9WuUE)
- Deaths following police contact and in custody (http://flip.it/yTXFY)
- International aspects of forensic medicine (http://flip.it/rrGTM)
- Violence in society & forensic epidemiology (http://flip.it/ZZ0vP)
- Medical education and the forensic pathologist (http://flip.it/aihcb)
- Forensic toxicology (http://flip.it/s6VQF)
- Forensic pathophysiology (http://flip.it/h7eUt)
- Crime scene investigation & forensic science (http://flip.it/GkGp-)
In addition, I am curating forensic medicine resources at Scoop.it:
- Forensic medicine (http://www.scoop.it/t/forensic-medicine)
- Medicolegal death investigation (http://www.scoop.it/t/medicolegal-death-investigation-by-forensicmed)
- Quality issues in forensic pathology (http://www.scoop.it/t/quality-issues-in-forensic-pathology)
- The pathology of trauma (http://www.scoop.it/t/the-pathology-of-trauma)
- Pathology education (http://www.scoop.it/t/pathology-education)
Out now ...
Simpson's Forensic Medicine 13th Edition, Arnold Publishing 2011
As the forensic pathology contributor to this textbook, I can confidently say that it will not disappoint those who want a compact overview of forensic medicine and science.
Buy it here ...
And also available to buy here is the Irish edition ...
Knight's Forensic Pathology (4th Edition 2016)
The new edition of the "most authoritative forensic pathology textbook on the market" is now available here and via the CRC Press website.
Browse the book preview at Google Books:
Anatomy revision resources can be found here ....
Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd Edition 2015)
Preview this 4 volume tome at Google Books and encourage your academic library to buy it from here ...
death investigation in America - PBS investigates
Popular television shows portray death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. An unprecedented collaborative investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system in which there are few standards, little oversight, and the mistakes are literally buried.
Post mortem - documentary airing from Tuesday 1st February 2011 on PBS
The anatomy of crime - The Wellcome Collection exhibition (until 21st June 2015)
The striking exhibition poster and leaflet image
If you are at loose end for a few hours in central London, why not visit this new free exhibition examining forensic science and pathology? There are some fascinating artefacts from infamous crimes, video installations, and historical documents and books with wonderful illustrations.
(Forensics - the anatomy of crime exhibition video https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=6t2Yqdj7k4Q)
The Wellcome Collection exhibition at 183 Euston Road, London
Enticing posters outside the Euston Road exhibition space
(Law) relating to, used in, or connected with a court of law forensic science
[from Latin forēnsis public, from forum]
forensicality [fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ] n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 6th Edition 2003. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003
Roman forum (Wikipedia)
forensic medicine/ medical jurisprudence
that branch of State medicine which treats of the application of medical knowledge to certain questions of civil and criminal law. The term 'medical jurisprudence', though sanctioned by long usage, is not really appropriate, since the subject is strictly a branch of medicine, rather than of jurisprudence; it does not properly include sanitation or hygiene, both this and medical jurisprudence being distinct branches of State medicine.
Encyclopedia Brittania Vol 18 p.30 (1911 Edition) For the rest of the entry, read here...
This website is authored by Dr Richard Jones, a forensic pathologist in the UK.
Any views expressed by the author in this website are personal views.
The content is predominantly aimed at undergraduate level, rather than practicing forensic pathologists engaged in casework.
iPhone Apps for forensic pathologists
- Shadow Lite - time of death estimation based on Henssge's formula and anthropological stature estimation from long bone length (more functions to follow, but likely to be in paid versions)
- forensic medicine
- head injury
- head trauma
- cause of death
- death investigation
- medicolegal death investigation
- forensic pathologist
- sudden cardiac death
- patterns of injury
- forensic pathology
- blunt force injury
- forensic science
- post mortem
- blunt force trauma
Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine. Wyatt J, Squires T, Norfolk G, Payne-James J. 2011
Buy it here ...