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Clinical Forensic Medicine

A Physician's Guide

  • Margaret M. Stark

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jason J. Payne-James, Jason J. Payne-James, Margaret M. Stark
    Pages 1-44
  3. Janet Page, C. George M. Fernie
    Pages 45-69
  4. Deborah Rogers, B. Martina McBride
    Pages 71-131
  5. Jason J. Payne-James, Jason J. Payne-James, Judith Hinchliffe
    Pages 133-167
  6. Alison Kemp, Sabine Maguire, Paul Davis
    Pages 169-202
  7. Steven B. Karch
    Pages 203-214
  8. Philip S. L. Beh
    Pages 215-231
  9. Mark W. Kroll
    Pages 233-275
  10. Margaret M. Stark, Guy A. Norfolk
    Pages 277-294
  11. Guy A. Norfolk, Margaret M. Stark
    Pages 341-356
  12. Margaret M. Stark, Guy A. Norfolk
    Pages 357-399
  13. Richard T. Shepherd
    Pages 401-423
  14. Ian F. Wall, Steven B. Karch
    Pages 425-459
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 461-473

About this book


The publication of this third edition of the definitive text on clinical forensic medicine comes at an exciting time for a subject now gaining recognition as a speciality in the medical establishment. This growing acknowledgement reflects the fact that increasing numbers of health professionals are becoming engaged in general forensic services. Nurses and paramedics are more involved than ever in custody care, while nurses themselves are conducting more examinations in cases involving alleged sexual offences. Thus it is vital that those caring for this vulnerable group of patients (whether detainees or complainants) have the tools to master this specialist set of skills.


All the chapters in this new edition have been fully updated, with some undergoing extensive revision. Recent developments in child protection protocols have prompted a major rewrite of the chapter on non-accidental injury, and the text now includes a specific chapter on the use of the TASER. Other aspects of restraint are now dealt with separately. The material on care of detainees and fitness for interview has been split into individual chapters to allow a more comprehensive discussion of the issues. In addition, new authors have joined the team of contributors, facilitating a wider range of international perspectives. From its chapters on the history and core principles of clinical forensic medicine, right up to the text’s discussion of substance misuse and deaths in custody, this volume remains the gold standard source for health professionals whose working lives bring them into contact with those in the law enforcement arena.


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From the reviews of the third edition:

“The book presents a unique global perspective on every aspect of forensic medicine as it relates to the practicing physician. … it is a reliable guide for practical forensic case work. I found the third edition of Clinical Forensic Medicine to be an outstanding reference book and a definitive text on clinical forensic medicine. I would recommend it as an excellent resource for physicians, forensic pathologists, toxicologists and police officers.” (Petr Hejna, Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology, Vol. 9, 2013)