Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 131–132 | Cite as

More interdisciplinary research is needed in forensic medicine

  • Claas T. BuschmannEmail author


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.


Forensic medicine Autopsy Interdisciplinary approach Epidemiology Research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Corporate member of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Berlin Institute of Health, Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic SciencesBerlinGermany

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