© 2005

Clinical Forensic Medicine

A Physician’s Guide

  • Margaret M. Stark

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Roy N. Palmer
    Pages 37-60
  3. Deborah Rogers, Mary Newton
    Pages 61-126
  4. Jason Payne-James, Jack Crane, Judith A. Hinchliffe
    Pages 127-158
  5. Amanda Thomas
    Pages 159-177
  6. Kari Blaho-Owens
    Pages 179-193
  7. Nicholas Page
    Pages 195-204
  8. Guy Norfolk, Margaret M. Stark
    Pages 205-234
  9. Felicity Nicholson
    Pages 235-283
  10. Margaret M. Stark, Guy Norfolk
    Pages 285-326
  11. Richard Shepherd
    Pages 327-350
  12. Ian F. Wall, Steven B. Karch
    Pages 351-385
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 387-438

About this book


This revised edition of a much praised survey of the fundamental principles of clinical forensic medicine has been completely updated and expanded to address the latest developments and professional concerns. There are new chapters on the medical aspects of police restraint, including injuries that may occur with handcuffs and truncheons, the use of crowd-control agents, substance misuse problems in custody, and the management of bites, head injuries, and self-inflicted wounds. Additional new material can be found on the potential of police exposure to infection, the role of alcohol and drugs in vehicular accidents, and forensic sampling in sexual assault examinations. The chapters on fundamental principles, nonaccidental injury in children, and the care of detainees are all fully revised, as are the appendices (now containing a list of useful websites).
Authoritative and up-to-date, Clinical Forensic Medicine: A Physician's Guide, Second Edition offers forensic specialists and allied professionals a reliable guide to good practices and procedures for every variety of police inquiry requiring clinical forensic investigation.


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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 Clinical Forensic Medicine
  • Book Subtitle A Physician’s Guide
  • Editors Margaret M. Stark
  • Series Title Forensic Science and Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-368-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-913-4
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 438
  • Number of Illustrations 27 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Forensic Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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"The book is a reliable guide for practical forensic case work...recommended to physicians, forensic pathologists, and police officers." - Institute of Legal Medicine

Reviews of the First edition:

"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

From the reviews of the second edition:

"With the recent establishment of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, these are interesting times for clinical forensic medicine. … this book covers topics of interest to pathologists, as well as more traditional ‘police surgeon’ fare. A core skill of forensic physicians and pathologists alike is the assessment, documentation and interpretation of injuries, and a ‘multidisciplinary team’ approach is utilised to provide a concise overview of this important topic." (Dr R Jones, American College of Physicians News, Autumn, 2005)