Churchill's Medicolegal Pocketbook


  • V. Machin, Senior Registrar, Accident and Emergency Department, Greenwich Hospital, London, UK
  • F. Lewington, Head of Forensic Science, Metropolitan Police, London, UK
  • Peter Dean, LLM, MB, BS, BDS(Hons), DRCOG, HM, Coroner, Essex; Forensic Physician, London, UK

This is a further volume in the successful Churchill POCKETBOOK series. It aims to give highly practical advice to the clinician on those occasions where there is a potential medicolegal issue. As with all volumes in the series the information is presented in a highly accessible style and it will be invaluable in Accident and Emergency Departments and General Practitioner surgeries. By using the correct procedures future potential legal risk can be minimized.
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Junior Doctors especially in Accident and Emergency
General Practitioners
Candidates for the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence


Book information

  • Published: January 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07133-1

Table of Contents

Introduction. Consent. Confidentiality and release of information. The United Kingdom legal system. The Coroner and Procurator Fiscal. Appearing in court. Dealing with the police. Forensic samples. Writing a police statement. Writing a medical report. The Mental Health Act. The Road Traffic Act. Dealing with violent patients. Dealing with drug abusers. Non-accidental injury and child abuse. Complaints handling. Disciplinary procedures. The General Medical Council. Medical negligence. Risk management.