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Clinical Forensic Medicine

A Physician's Guide

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

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Fundamental Principles

    • Roy N. Palmer
    Pages 37-60
  3. Sexual Assault Examination

    • Deborah Rogers, Mary Newton
    Pages 61-126
  4. Injury Assessment, Documentation, and Interpretation

    • Jason Payne-James, Jack Crane, Judith A. Hinchliffe
    Pages 127-158
  5. Nonaccidental Injury in Children

    • Amanda Thomas
    Pages 159-177
  6. Crowd-Control Agents

    • Kari Blaho-Owens
    Pages 179-193
  7. Medical Issues Relevant to Restraint

    • Nicholas Page
    Pages 195-204
  8. Care of Detainees

    • Guy Norfolk, Margaret M. Stark
    Pages 205-234
  9. Infectious Diseases

    • Felicity Nicholson
    Pages 235-283
  10. Substance Misuse

    • Margaret M. Stark, Guy Norfolk
    Pages 285-326
  11. Deaths in Custody

    • Richard Shepherd
    Pages 327-350
  12. Traffic Medicine

    • 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.


  • alcohol
  • assessment
  • care
  • children
  • development
  • diseases
  • documentation
  • drugs
  • forensic medicine
  • infection
  • infectious
  • infectious disease
  • infectious diseases
  • medicine


"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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Forensic Medicine Unit, St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London, UK

    Margaret M. Stark

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Clinical Forensic Medicine

  • Book Subtitle: A Physician's Guide

  • Editors: Margaret M. Stark

  • Series Title: Forensic Science and Medicine

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Humana Totowa, NJ

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Humana Press 2005

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-59259-913-4

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 438

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Forensic Medicine

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-59259-913-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout