Medico Legal Organization in Portugal and Legal Medicine

  • J. Pinto da Costa
  • M. J. Carneiro de Sousa
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Legal Medicine is a medical multidisciplinary branch of knowledge that includes different areas of medicine and law. This justifies that Legal Medicine cannot be a medical speciality, as many others, since it demands a wide and deep group of information that goes from Medicine to Law, impossible to reach nowadays, due to the constant development of other medical specialities and to the human capacity to absorb knowledge.

Legal Medicine is a kind of umbrella under which many different scientific subjects, all of them with legal connection, can find a shelter, in order to reach a more reliable decision in judicial problems.

The Portuguese medicolegal organization is based on a wide definition of Legal Medicine, contrary to most common concepts about it. The development of this medicolegal organization, established at the end of nineteenth century, expanded and is very different from the Anglo-Saxon countries and even different from the great majority of the Latin ones.

The cost and efficiency of this organization are questioned.


Forensic Medicine Forensic Pathology Legal Medicine Violent Death Forensic Toxicology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Law and Psychology FacultiesUniversidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique and Universidade Lusíada do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas de Abel SalazarOporto UniversityPortoPortugal

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