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Simpson's Forensic Medicine, 13th Edition / Edition 13

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jennifer Forsyth, M.D.(City of St. Louis)
Description: This is a great primer for the uninitiated in forensic medicine. It is arranged in logical chapters with excellent photographs to illustrate basic principles.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce general aspects of forensic medicine to those unfamiliar with the topic. It is written for both physicians who have not been exposed to forensic medicine and those in the legal, law enforcement, and criminalistics professions. Numerous books have been written on this very worthwhile topic. The authors do a good job of illustrating the points with exceptionally high-quality photographs.
Audience: The audience could include a wide variety of specialists ranging from attorneys to law enforcement practitioners to other physicians. The book is well written with just enough technical language to introduce readers to general principles without overwhelming those whose interest is merely peripheral to the study of forensic medicine.
Features: The book covers most of the general topics in forensic medicine. The vast majority of the book is about injury definition, documentation, and interpretation, which are well covered with some of the best photographs I have seen in an introductory book. A few chapters on toxicology highlight important facts, and this is appropriate for this level of training. The introductory chapters on ethics and the legal system are the least pertinent, as the authors state that they would like this book to provide the basics of forensic medicine across jurisdictions.
Assessment: This is a great introduction to forensic medicine from the standpoint of the forensic pathologist. The text is clear and concise and the photos are excellent. This is one of the better introductory books available.
From the Publisher
"This is an updated classic for every forensic physician's 'must read' list and, as Lord Justice Thomas comments in his foreword, it takes an international perspective and will be of use to all professionals requiring an awareness of the principles of forensic medical and scientific practice - a bridge between law and science and medicine."
Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
From The Critics
Reviewer: Jennifer Forsyth, MD(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a great primer for the uninitiated in forensic medicine. It is arranged in logical chapters with excellent photographs to illustrate basic principles.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce general aspects of forensic medicine to those unfamiliar with the topic. It is written for both physicians who have not been exposed to forensic medicine and those in the legal, law enforcement, and criminalistics professions. Numerous books have been written on this very worthwhile topic. The authors do a good job of illustrating the points with exceptionally high-quality photographs.
Audience: The audience could include a wide variety of specialists ranging from attorneys to law enforcement practitioners to other physicians. The book is well written with just enough technical language to introduce readers to general principles without overwhelming those whose interest is merely peripheral to the study of forensic medicine.
Features: The book covers most of the general topics in forensic medicine. The vast majority of the book is about injury definition, documentation, and interpretation, which are well covered with some of the best photographs I have seen in an introductory book. A few chapters on toxicology highlight important facts, and this is appropriate for this level of training. The introductory chapters on ethics and the legal system are the least pertinent, as the authors state that they would like this book to provide the basics of forensic medicine across jurisdictions.
Assessment: This is a great introduction to forensic medicine from the standpoint of the forensic pathologist. The text is clear and concise and the photos are excellent. This is one of the better introductory books available.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340986035
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,157,949
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Jason Payne-James LLM FRCS FFFLM FFSSoc RFP DFM
Director - Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd, Vice-President (Forensic Medicine) - Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (Royal College of Physicians)
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cameron Centre for Forensic and Medical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London
Steven B. Karch, MD., FFFLM FFSSoc
Consultant Cardiac Pathologist and Toxicologist, Berkeley, California, USA

Richard Jones BSc. (Hons) MBBS FRCPath MCIEH MFSSoc MFFLM
Locum Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
John Manlove BA MSc DIC PhD RFP FFSSoc.
Manlove Forensics Ltd, Wantage, Oxon, UK

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Table of Contents

Principles of Forensic Practice

The Ethics of Medical Practice

The Medical Aspects of Death

Identification of the Living And The Dead

The Appearance of the Body After Death

Unexpected and Sudden Death from Natural Causes

Deaths and Injury in Infancy

Assessment, Classification and Documentation of Injury

Regional Injuries

Ballistic Injuries

Use of Force and Restraint

Sexual Assault

Child Assault and Protection

Transportation Medicine

Asphyxia

Immersion and Drowning

Heat, Cold and Electrical Trauma

Principles of Toxicology

Alcohol

Licit and Illicit Drugs

Medicinal Poisons

Miscellaneous Poisons

Principles of Forensic Science

Allied Forensic Specialties

Appendix 1: Guidelines for an Autopsy and Exhumation

Appendix 2: Widmark’s Formula

Appendix 3: Diagnosing Poisoning – Carbon Monoxide. Health Protection Agency Guidelines

Index

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