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Original languageEnglish
PublisherTottel Publishing
Number of pages618
ISBN (Print)9781845922412
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Mason's Forensic Medicine for Lawyers, 5th edition comprehensively covers all aspects of the relationship between forensic medicine and law. Providing you with detailed medico-legal knowledge, this book will enable you to authoritatively evaluate and question expert medical and forensic scientific witnesses.

This new fifth edition details the medical and legal considerations that must be faced by forensic pathologists, from the point of reporting a death to investigating and diagnosing the cause of death. It examines forensic issues relating to non-lethal violence, mental health and public health, and also gives consideration to general issues relating to medical ethics, negligence, and the regulation of the medical profession.

All relevant legislation and case law covered
Every chapter has been revised and updated to cover the numerous legislative changes and case law developments since the last edition, including:

Human Rights Act 1998
Sexual Offences Act 2003
Human Tissue Act 2004 and Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006, and their impact upon the system of disposing of bodies, and on transplantation of organs
Gender Recognition Act 2004
Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2001, Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and Mental Capacity Act 2005, Mental Health Act 2007
The cases of Sally Clarke and Angela Cannings, which prompted a rethink of aspects of child deaths
The impact of the Shipman Inquiry
New proposals relating to the reporting of death and the coroners system more generally
Important new content
Additional new material covers:

The criminal law's regulation of bodily harm occurring through the transmission of HIV
The law of evidence, particularly relating to the retention of DNA samples
Drug misuse
Assisted reproduction, protection of children and family law
The problems of death in infancy
Radiology - modern imaging techniques and their application
Asphyxia, with an emphasis on the difficulties involved in diagnosis and mechanisms of death
Controversial aspects of deaths occurring during restraint
An essential addition to your bookshelf
By consulting this book, lawyers in both civil and criminal cases will be in a position not only to understand medical and forensic science witnesses, but also to evaluate and question their evidence from a position of strength. Expert witnesses consulting it will be able to appreciate the legal implication of their findings and opinions.

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