Clinical Forensic Medicine, 3rd Edition by W. D. S. McLay

By W. D. S. McLay

Scientific proof performs an essential component in lots of felony prosecutions, such a lot particularly whilst severe damage or actual abuse is a part of the prosecution's case. Now in its 3rd version, this publication is a vital textual content for practitioners of medical forensic medication and if you take them via judicial lawsuits, be they prosecutors or defence attorneys. it really is written via a workforce of expert and skilled authors with useful concerns firmly in brain. The e-book has been revised to take account of alterations in either statute and case legislations that experience happened given that ebook of the former version in addition to advancements in scientific and medical realizing. specifically, the method of uncertainties in baby abuse has been cited up to now and a totally new account of blood-borne viral ailments is integrated.

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George M. Fernie Introduction A forensic physician is called upon to undertake examinations in a wide variety of situations. Most people examined will be alive, and will therefore have certain rights, such as a right of confidentiality, and capabilities, which will include the capacity to give consent. It is the responsibility of the examining doctor to consider, in the individual case, where the boundaries lie among the (often conflicting) rights of the person examined, the processes of investigation and the interests of justice.

The most important is the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), operative in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under this Act, the Home Secretary is required to issue Codes of Practice regulating police practice in a number of areas. Code C relates to the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers. In this context ‘treatment’ refers to overall care, and embraces more than the medical aspects of detention. This Code determines, and tightly regulates, the work of the custody officer in the care of detained persons.

Police officers may find themselves in a difficult position if any criminal record of parents is to be discussed, or some other investigation cannot be revealed. Parents may be invited to attend part, or even all, of the proceedings, but this must inevitably inhibit the exchange of views. They must, of course, be advised of the outcome. Primary care physicians often complain that the conference is arranged for a time when they are at a busy surgery, but a good deal of flexibility ought to be practised, and those who cannot attend should not hesitate to send a written report.

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