Current Practice in Forensic Medicine
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Chapter One: Expert evidence and healthcare professionals.
The adversarial system of justice.
Evidentiary exclusionary rules.
Pre-trial preparation for expert witnesses.
Giving of evidence.
Chapter Two: Forensic investigation of biological weapon use.
A choice of words.
Forensic microbiology or microbial forensics?
Assembling evidence from emerging infectious disease biology.
Chapter Three: The paediatric hymen.
Studies of normal anatomy.
Studies of genital findings in sexually abused girls.
Studies of acute injuries as they heal.
A consideration of test reliability.
Putting it all together.
Chapter Four: Assessment and interpretation of bone trauma in children.
How should I evaluate suspected bone trauma in children?
What radiological investigations identify bone trauma?
How do X-rays detect fractures?
How does ultrasound detect bone injury?
How do nuclear medicine scans detect bone injury?
How does MRI detect bone injury?
How are medical images presented and shared?
What forces cause bones to fracture?
Are some bone injuries diagnostic of child abuse?
What do we know about bone healing in children?
What tests detect fragile bones?
Neonates with fractures: what are the special considerations?
Can the time of bone injury be determined?
Why might an X-ray be reported as normal when bone trauma exists?
Why might an ultrasound appear normal when bone trauma exists?
Why might a nuclear medicine scan appear normal when bone trauma exists?
Why might an X-ray appear abnormal when no bone trauma exists?
Why might a nuclear medicine scan appear abnormal when no bone trauma exists?
How do I deal with correctly interpreted but discordant imaging findings?
Why might an X-ray appear normal and bone scan ‘hot’ when bone trauma exists?
Why might a fracture seem obvious on plain X-ray but bone scan is 'cold' when bone trauma exists?
When and why should I repeat x-rays?
How does the process of forming a forensic medical opinion differ from the process of diagnosis in clinical medicine?
Why do I need to be aware of my level of confidence in my medical diagnosis?
What factors should I consider when forming a diagnostic opinion about the cause of a child’s fracture?
Chapter Five: Adult sexual assault.
Sexual assault settings and characteristics.
Findings after sexual assault.
Toxicology and sexual assault.
Forensic science and sexual assault.
Treatment after sexual assault.
Chapter Six: The ethical and medical aspects of photo-documenting genital injury.
Imaging the body in the history of medicine.
The evolution of the photography of genital injury.
A particular Australian's experience.
Ethics of care.
Why no ethical objection to children being photographed?
The difference that being a child makes and its relevance.
Advancing the question of best ethical practice.
Clinical forensic medicine and sexual assault.
Chapter Seven: The photography of injuries.
The photography of an injury.
The colour control or reference.
Long wave ultraviolet-induced fluorescence.
Imaging file format.
The audit trail.
Chapter Eight: DNA analysis: Current practice and problems.
DNA collection and storage.
DNA separation and detection.
Standard loci sets and commercial STR kits.
Statistical evaluation of a DNA match.
Assessing STR profiles.
Mixtures of DNA.
Other genetic markers.
Use of DNA in the criminal justice system.
Chapter Nine: Injury interpretation: Possible errors and fallacies.
Aging of injuries.
Force of injury.
Medical limitations and considerations.
Genito-anal injuries in the adult.
Other specialist opinions.
How to avoid errors.
Chapter Ten: Self-inflicted injuries and associated psychological profiles.
Forensic aspects of self-harm.
Psychiatric aspects of self-harm.
Classification of self-harm.
The clinical dilemma.
Chapter Eleven: Bite marks.
Introduction and cautionary remarks.
Other injuries mimicking bites.
Bites in foodstuffs.
Examination of injuries in the dead.
Examination of the living.
Examination of the suspect.
Trends in bite-mark analysis.
Chapter Twelve: Aviation disasters: The role of the forensic pathologist.
Establishing the cause of death.
Circumstances surrounding death.
Forensic pathology report.