Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine

1st Edition



  • Carol Henderson
  • Roger Byard
  • Tracey Corey
  • Description

    The Encyclopedia of Forensic & Legal Medicine comprehensively covers forensic and legal medicine (including related specialities and scientific, technical and legal issues) and is available online and in three printed volumes, offering any practitioner in a forensic, medical, healthcare, legal, judicial, or investigative field easily accessible and authoritative overviews on a wide range of topics.

    The work is edited and written by experienced professionals with medical, legal or dual training – and who are internationally renowned for their experience or expertise within their areas of specialty. The Editorial Board reflects the multidisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional and global emphasis of forensic and legal medicine.

    The individual articles are written in a clear and concise manner and are supplemented by diagrams, tables and full-color images. Key further reading and extensive cross-referencing make this work an invaluable reference source for undergraduates and graduates looking for an introduction to key fields and experts reading outside their specialization.

    Key Features

    • Brings together all appropriate aspects of forensic medicine and legal medicine
    • Contains color figures, sample forms and other materials that the reader can adapt for their own practice
    • Also avaiable in an on-line version which provides numerous additional reference and research tools, additional multimedia, and powerful search functions


    medical examiners; coroners; the police; prison medical officers; those involved in refugee medicine and allegations of torture; healthcare professionals also involved in this field: prison nurses, sexual assault nurse examiners and custody nurses.

    Table of Contents

    (Contents subject to change prior to publication)
    Access to Medical Records - Rights Responsibilities limiations
    Accreditation: Crime scene investigation
    Accreditation: Forensic Specialities Accreditation Board
    Accreditation: Toxicology
    Age progression - age estimation in the living
    Alcohol: Acute and chronic use - post-mortem findings of
    Alcohol: Blood and body fluid analysis
    Alcohol: Breath alcohol analysis
    Animal attacks/injuries: Non-fatal and fatal
    Animal attacks/injuries: Predation
    Anthropology: Archaeology and the excavation and retrieval of forensic remains
    Anthropology: Bone pathology and ante-mortem trauma in forensic cases
    Anthropology: Cremated bones
    Anthropology: Determination of racial affinity
    Anthropology: Handedness
    Anthropology: Morphological age estimation
    Anthropology: Overview
    Anthropology: Paediatric and juvenile
    Anthropology: Role of DNA
    Anthropology: Sex determination
    Anthropology: Stature estimation from the skeleton
    Anthropology: Taphonomy
    Asphyxia: Closed and confined spaces
    Asphyxia: Findings in the survivor
    Asphyxia: Mechanisms of injury (including crushing)
    Asphyxia: Post-mortem findings
    Autoerotic death
    Autopsy: Adult
    Autopsy: Medicolegal considerations
    Autopsy: Organ retention and handling
    Autopsy: Pediatric
    Aviation accidents, role of pathologist
    Aviation medicine, illness and limitations for flying
    Back-tracking calculations
    Ballistic trauma, overview and statistics


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    Winner of The Society of Authors and the Royal Society of Medicine Minty Book Prize 2006

    2006 British Medical Association Medical Book Competition - HIGHLY COMMENDED

    ""This collection of authoritative articles is truly encyclopaedic and is a 'must have' reference work."" - Dr. Neville Davis, President of the Medico-Legal Society

    ""The Encyclopaedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine provides a valuable reference tool for professionals of all disciplines. Comprehensive description of topics is put into a broader context and allows the reader to delve deeper into specific areas of interest. The narrative flows well and is accompanied by high quality and well-explained illustrations. The chapters are appropriately referenced. This work will be heavily relied upon by those working in forensic and legal medicine and related fields."" - Dr. Anthony Bleetman, Consultant in Accident and Emergency Medicine, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Surgery, University of Birmingham, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Centre for Primary Health Care Studies, University of Warwick

    In this multivolume encyclopedia, contributors explore the relationship between law, medicine, and science in the study of forensics. An international team of forensic specialists was responsible for covering over one hundred different subjects in this comprehensive reference series. Traditional crime-solving techniques such as autopsies, ballistics, fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, and the more sophisticated procedures associated with terrorism investigations, forensic chemistry, DNA, and immunoassays are some of the topics presented. Chapters, arranged in alphabetical order, are written in a clear and concise manner. Definitions are often provided for obscure terms. Information is supplemented by color pictures, tables, and diagrams. Each topic be