© 2000

A Physician’s Guide to Clinical Forensic Medicine

  • Margaret M. Stark

Part of the Forensic Science and Medicine book series (FSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Roy N. Palmer
    Pages 15-37
  3. Deborah Rogers, Mary Newton
    Pages 39-97
  4. Jack Crane
    Pages 99-116
  5. Amanda Thomas
    Pages 117-134
  6. Kari Blaho
    Pages 135-148
  7. Guy Norfolk, Margaret M. Stark
    Pages 149-178
  8. Margaret M. Stark, Guy Norfolk
    Pages 179-219
  9. Richard Shepherd
    Pages 221-244
  10. Ian F. Wall, Steven Karch
    Pages 245-277
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 279-326

About this book


In A Physicians Guide to Clinical Forensic Medicine, Margaret Stark and a team of authoritative experts offer a timely survey of the fundamental principles and latest developments in clinical forensic medicine. Topics range from injury interpretation to sexual assault examination, from nonaccidental injury in children to crowd control agents. Also included are extensive discussions of the care of detainees, the management of substance misuse detainees in police custody, the causes and prevention of deaths in custody, and the fundamentals of traffic medicine. In the absence of international standards of training, the authors also address the basic issues of consent, confidentiality, note-keeping, court reporting, and attendance in court.
Comprehensive and authoritative, A Physicians Guide to Clinical Forensic Medicine offers forensic specialists and allied professionals a reliable, up-to-date guide to proven practices and procedures for every variety of police inquiry requiring clinical forensic investigation. Physician working as forensic specialists, including police surgeons, medical examiners, accident and emergency physicians, pediatricians involved in child protection, gynecologists involved in sexual assault cases, and forensic nurses.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Margaret M. Stark
    • 1
  1. 1.The Forensic Medicine UnitSt George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Physician’s Guide to Clinical Forensic Medicine
  • Editors Margaret M. Stark
  • Series Title Forensic Science and Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2000
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-742-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4684-9619-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-022-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 326
  • Number of Illustrations 28 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Forensic Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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"This is the best textbook of clinical forensic medicine ever. It is essential reading for students and practitioners within this developing specialty. It is a most valuable guide and I unreservedly recommend it to all readers of this journal. It is written by a team of professionals from both sides of the Atlantic. The sexual examination (chapter 3) is covered exhaustively and includes 191 references. Similarly the chapter on substance abuse (Stark and Norfolk) covers the subject with great detail and includes 171 references. Traffic medicine, deaths in custody, crowd control agents and NAI are all given first class attention. The book itself has been beautifully printed on good paper. The text is clear and the proof reading cannot be faulted. I strongly advise all medico-legalists, police surgeons and forensic medical practitioners (including GPs) to have this textbook (it is more than a guide) on their shelves. It is required reading for all those who aspire to be forensic physicians or consultants-both in the US and the UK. Many in the allied professions will be well-advised to have access to this book. The Series Editor Karch and Editor Stark together with the Humana Press deserve warm congratulations from us for this superb textbook. The format and the clarity are so appealing. It deserves tremendous success." ---- Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

"One of the more useful features is a section on the principles of forensic medicine, a topic not typically covered in medical education. Two other topics covered in detail are sexual assault and traffic medicine, both of which have a good deal of relevant forensics not often understood by practitioners...This is a well-written text by an authoritative set of contributors. It is the first such book I have come across which is aimed at physicians." -Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

"In this day and age, all health care professionals need to be "forensically aware," especially when it comes to injury interpretation. This book offers basic guidelines on dealing wit fundamental principles of consent, confidentiality, note keeping court reports, and court attendance." -Consultant

"...the editor and authors provide a comprehensive and up to date review of the current understanding of clinical forensic medicine. The text is divided logically into ten concise, easy to read chapters, some of which contain very useful "good practice tips."...The editor should be commended for brining together the wealth of experience of several months in a concise, easily readable and highly informative book on a subject of considerable importance not only to workers in the field of clinical forensic medicine but to many other health care professionals." - Resuscitation

"...the clinical perspective of this very readable text makes it a useful and needed reference...this book is a welcome edition to a discipline that has few publications accessible to the is recommended for most hospital and all academic medical libraries." - E-STREAMS