Journal article

Does the forensic physician have a role beyond injury documentation and specimen collection in Australia? A personal view

John AM Gall

Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Clinical forensic medicine (CFM), as a single discipline, encompasses a number of areas of medico-legal practice including injury interpretation, management of sexual and physical assault cases (both adult and child; alleged victim and offender), mental health issues, traffic medicine, custodial medicine and toxicology. The cases are usually alive but in some jurisdictions the forensic practitioner also engages in death investigation with some undertaking autopsies. During the last 20-30 years, the discipline has fragmented with areas being hived off to other medical specialist disciplines and, importantly, to nurses. Any user of forensic services wants the best value for money particularly ..

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