Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-31
  2. Definitions and Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Paul Baram
      Pages 19-29
    3. Russell Lain, Jane Taylor
      Pages 45-62
    4. Rafael Aguiar-Guevara
      Pages 63-78
    5. Sandra Johnson
      Pages 79-89
    6. Beverley Ferres
      Pages 91-101
    7. Roy G. Beran
      Pages 103-108
    8. Ian Freckelton SC
      Pages 109-117
    9. Steven Yannoulidis
      Pages 119-142
    10. Don Buchanan
      Pages 143-155
  3. International Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Berna Arda, Ahmet Aciduman
      Pages 175-192
    3. Tomáš Holčapek
      Pages 245-259
    4. J. Pinto da Costa, M. J. Carneiro de Sousa
      Pages 277-293
    5. José Vicente Pachar Lucio
      Pages 295-302
    6. Paul V. Nichols
      Pages 327-355
    7. Thomas R. McLean
      Pages 387-403
    8. Margaret Barnett-Davidson
      Pages 405-422
    9. Margaret M. Stark
      Pages 423-440
    10. Sarathchandra Kodikara, Michael Pollanen
      Pages 461-474
    11. Jonathan Davies
      Pages 475-495
    12. Yu. D. Sergeyev, S. V. Erofeev
      Pages 553-570
    13. Duarte Nuno Vieira
      Pages 571-588
  4. Negligence, Malpractice and Liability

  5. Psychology and Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 727-727
    2. C. Timothy Golumbeck
      Pages 729-751
    3. R. Nardello, A. Compagno, A. Argo, S. Zerbo, P. Procaccianti, S. Mangano
      Pages 753-772

About this book


This is a comprehensive reference text that examines the current state of Legal Medicine, which encompasses Forensic Medicine, in the 21st century. It examines the scope of both legal and forensic medicine, its application and study and has adopted a wide ranging approach including multinational authorship. It reviews the differences between and similarities of forensic and legal medicine, the need for academic qualification, the applications to many and varied fields including international aid, military medicine, health law and the application of medical knowledge to both criminal law and tort/civil law, sports medicine and law, gender and age related factors from obstetrics through to geriatrics and palliative care as well as cultural differences exploring the Christian/Judeo approach compared with that within Islamic cultures, Buddhism and Hinduism. The book looks at practical applications of legal medicine within various international and intercultural frameworks.  This is a seminal authoritative text in legal and forensic medicine. It has a multi-author and multinational approach which crosses national boundaries. There is a great interest in the development of health law and legal medicine institutes around the world and this text comes in on the ground floor of this burgeoning discipline and provides the foundation text for many courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate. It defines the place of legal medicine as a specialized discipline.​


criminal and civil law health law international aid military medicine sports medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Roy G. Beran
    • 1
  1. 1.ChatswoodAustralia

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