More interdisciplinary research is needed in forensic medicine
Forensic routine consists of more than just the classical legal medicine described in textbooks. It is often crucial to answer forensic questions that involve numerous interfaces with other medical disciplines. These interdisciplinary questions that arise in routine autopsy proceedures can also be addressed scientifically, despite decreasing autopsy numbers. Forensic medicine is not only able to generate epidemiologically relevant data, but can also contribute to the establishment of new treatment pathways based on forensic data (“preventive pathology”), at least for certain autopsy sub-populations. In particular, this applies to cases that present prior to hospitalization, particularly with regard to emergency medical and cardiological issues.
KeywordsForensic medicine Autopsy Interdisciplinary approach Epidemiology Research
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