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to providing comprehensive educational resources to medical students on forensic medicine and pathology, and has been archived by the UK Web Archiving Consortium (www.webarchive.org.uk), having been selected for preservation by the Wellcome Trust (www.wellcome.ac.uk).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.

 

You can read about the development of a unique, award winning course for undergraduate medical students that focuses on forensic medicine and pathology relevant to safeguarding the vulnerable patient here.

 
 
 
  Cardiff University Innovations in Teaching Award 2019
 
 
BMA Cymru Excellence in Teaching Award - Innovations in Teaching 2019

 

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.

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).

Finalist nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award (Cardiff University 2015)

 

 

 

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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:

 

 

In addition, I am curating forensic medicine resources at Scoop.it:

 



Resources for general pathology and inflammationcan be found  here  and here (on Wakelet).

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 ....

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

 

The striking exhibition poster and leaflet image

 

This free exhibition examined forensic science and pathology utilising 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

forensic defined

 

forensic [fəˈrɛnsɪk]

adj

(Law) relating to, used in, or connected with a court of law forensic science

[from Latin forēnsis public, from forum]

forensicality  [fəˌrɛnsɪˈkælɪtɪ] n

forensically  adv

 
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...

 

www.forensicmed.co.uk

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.

 

 

Current Practice in Forensic Medicine, Gall J, Payne-James J (Ed), Wiley Blackwell 2011

Read a sample chapter here ... (Expert evidence and health professionals)

'Look inside' this book here ...

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Read my review here ...

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Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine. Wyatt J, Squires T, Norfolk G, Payne-James J. 2011

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Hear an abridged version of 'The invention of murder', read by Robert Glenister, at the author's website

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Atlas of Forensic Histopathology

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Look inside this book (at Amazon)