Simpson's Forensic Medicine, 13th Edition

Simpson's Forensic Medicine, 13th Edition

Jason Payne-James, Steven B Karch

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0340986034

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This fully updated thirteenth edition of Simpson's Forensic Medicine remains a classic introductory text to the field. Continuing its tradition of preparing the next generation of forensic practitioners, it presents essential concepts in the interface between medicine and the law. Twenty-four chapters cover basic science, toxicology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and both the legal obligations and ethical responsibilities of those involved in the forensic setting.

Highlights of this well-renowned text include:

  • Clear and concise language suitable for a wide audience of readers
  • Text boxes to emphasize salient points
  • High-quality color photographs for clear communication of concepts
  • Focus on key principles applicable to any legal system
  • Additional perspectives from authors new to this edition
  • Expanded coverage of toxicology and forensic science

Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading, including books, key scientific papers and reviews, and web-based sources. Simpson's has a long and respected history―read by many of today's leading forensic practitioners at the start of the career. It remains the most indispensable guide to the practice of forensic medicine worldwide.

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especially the partial or complete stripping of clothing from the victim, which may arouse suspicions of foul play. Severe burns, fractures and gross lacerations can occur, along with the well-known magnetization or even fusion of metallic objects in the clothing. The usual textbook description is of ‘fern or branch-like’ patterns on the skin – the so-called Lichtenberg 179 Figure 17.21 The ‘Lichtenberg figure’ and lightening fatalities. Note the fern-like branching pattern of skin discoloration

(accessed 23 November 2010). Federal Rules of Evidence Article I. General provisions, Rule 702. http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/fre/rules. htm#Rule702 (accessed 23 November 2010). Freckelton I. A Guide to the Provision of Forensic Medical Evidence. In: Gall J, Payne-James JJ (eds) Current Practice in Forensic Medicine. London: Wiley, 2011. Freckelton I, Selby H. Expert Evidence: Law, Practice, Procedure and Advocacy, 4th edn. Sydney: Thomson Reuters, 2009. Frye v United States, 293 F. 1013

lividity are the terms used to describe the visual manifestation of this phenomenon. Theoretically, currents will occur between warmer and colder areas of the body and this may be of importance in the redistribution of drugs and chemicals after death. There is also filling of the dependent blood vessels. The passive settling of red blood cells under the influence of gravity to blood vessels in the lowest areas of the body is of forensic interest. This results 44 Figure 5.1 Cadaveric rigidity – a

injuries. Two main types of haemorrhage within the skull cavity, each resulting in haemorrhage in different planes, are extradural and subdural haemorrhage. Extradural haemorrhage is associated with damage to the meningeal artery, particularly the middle meningeal artery, in its course in the temporal bone (Figure 9.5). Damage to this vessel leads to arterial bleeding into the extradural space. As the blood accumulates, it separates the dura from the overlying skull and forms a haematoma.

neck or abdomen, multiple old scars, cigarette burns, bite marks or torn frenulum. Figure 13.2 Inflicted injury-finger marks to neck from slap with hand by non-accidental injury (NAI). Bruises in non-mobile infants, bruises over areas of soft tissues, patterned bruises and multiple similar shape bruises should raise concerns. Intentional scalds (Figure 13.3) are often immersion injuries with symmetrical, well-defined clear upper margins (tide marks). Unintentional scald injuries more commonly

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