Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine

ISBN : 9780199229949

Jonathan P. Wyatt; Tim Squires; Guy Norfolk; Jason Payne-James
608 Pages
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112 x 182 mm
Pub date
Mar 2011
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Forensic medicine covers an amazing range of different subjects and no single individual can expect to be an expert in all of them. The Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine provides comprehensive coverage of all areas within this complex discipline. Written for specialists and non-specialists alike, it will appeal to practising forensic scientists, as well as lawyers, police officers, and forensic science students. It shows how forensic medicine has been used in specific cases enabling the reader to apply their knowledge in real life. A detailed glossary of medical terms helps those without medical training to understand medical reports and practices. This easily-portable guide is essential reading for the busy clinical forensic doctor or nurse, and others working at the interface between medicine and law.


1. Scope of forensic medicine
2. Forensic aspects of death
3. Forensic autopsy
4. Asphyxia
5. Forensic pathology of physical injury
6. The police custody unit
7. Life-threatening emergencies in custody
8. Assessing and managing illness in custody
9. Assessing and managing injury in custody
10. Traffic law and medicine
11. Adult sexual assault
12. Child abuse and neglect
13. Psychiatric aspects
14. Forensic toxicology
15. Forensic science

About the author: 

Having trained in Emergency Medicine, Jonathan Wyatt undertook two years of research in Forensic Medicine which resulted in an MD from the University of Edinburgh. Jonathan has undertaken clinical forensic work both in Scotland and England since 1996 and provides expert forensic opinions. He works as a consultant in Emergency Medicine in Cornwall and has a strong academic interest, with more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals. ; Dr Guy Norfolk was the founding President of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London and is Consultant Forensic Physician to Avon and Somerset Constabulary. He chaired the Education and Research Committee of the Association of Forensic Physicians and was the former forensic medical advisor to the Police Complaints Authority. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine and he lectures frequently at induction and development training courses for forensic physicians. In addition to publishing various articles in the field of clinical forensic medicine he has also contributed eight chapters to textbooks on related topics. ; Jason Payne-James LLM MSc FRCS FFFLM FFSSoc DFM RNutr: Consultant Forensic Physician; Director of Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cameron Forensic Medical Sciences, Barts & the London School of Medicine; external Consultant to the National Injuries Database and other agencies; Editor of the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine. Research interests include detainee health, death, harm and near-misses in custody , torture, drug and alcohol misuse, sexual assault, non-accidental injury, restraint and use of force, age estimation. Is co-editor or co-author of books including the Encyclopedia of Forensic & Legal Medicine; Forensic Medicine: Clinical & Pathological Aspects; Symptoms and Signs of Substance Misuse; Artificial Nutrition Support in Clinical Practice; Dr Apple's Symptoms Encyclopaedia; Medicolegal Essentials of Healthcare.

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