By Helen Whitewell, Alexander Kolar, Katy Thorne & Paul Harvey
Mason's Forensic Medicine for Lawyers covers all aspects of the relationship between forensic medicine and the law including an overview of general issues relating to medical ethics, criminal liability, negligence and the regulation of the medical profession.
The Court of Appeal and the Criminal Procedure Rules have dramatically changed what is expected of experts and the presentation of expert evidence to the Courts since the previous edition in 2008. The book considers each key stage from the reporting of the death to the investigation and diagnosis of the cause of death, detailing medical and legal considerations that must be taken into account. Each chapter begins with an explanation of basic medical issues including relevant anatomy, identifying controversies in the various forensic areas.
The sixth edition has been rewritten and restructured to provide a more analytical approach, with new chapters on the important areas of sexual offences and DNA, and expanded chapters on post-mortem examination to include explanation of the practicalities of an autopsy from the medical perspective.
The sixth edition includes:
- An introduction to relevant clinical terms, the systems of the body and autopsy procedure
- Ahapters on the main areas of forensic medicine including injuries from assaults, firearms, asphyxia, water and fire
- Specialist chapters on on-accident injury to children, sexual offences, odontology, toxicology and the care of detainees
- All the relevant statutory and common law offences
- The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in conjunction with the relevant Rules and Guidance
- The Criminal and Civil Procedure rules and relevant case law on the role and duties of experts
- Primary and secondary legislation relating to care of detainees and investigation of deaths in custody (eg Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984)
1 Human anatomy and physiology - A quick trip around the body explaining the body's systems with diagrams
2 Principles of medicine, clinical examination and scientific method including common medical notation
3 Forensic autopsy- medical practicalities and principles of autopsies, procedural aspects, legal aspects of death
4 Medical aspects of death and physical changes after death
5 HM Coroner and sudden deaths (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) - inquests
6 Procurator fiscal and sudden deaths
7 Natural disease as a cause of death
8 Injuries and their interpretation: major trauma injury types - gunshot, head injuries, accidental and non-accidental
9 Asphyxia, this includes strangulation and suffocation
10 Drowning and hypothermia
11 Fire deaths including explosions, burns, and carbon monoxide poisoning
12 Child deaths including ‘baby-shaking' and abuse in children, Sudden infant deaths
13 Sexual offences
16 Toxicology, drugs and poisons
17 Examination of detained persons
18 Deaths in custody including prison
19 Deaths in other State settings: hospitals
20 Legal system and prosecutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
21 Role and duties of the expert: expert vs treating doctors
22 Confidentiality, consent, negligence, disclosure, privilege
23 Court case work: admissibility, case management, abuse of process.