Reference Work Entry

Legal and Forensic Medicine

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Legal Medicine and Dentistry

  • Russell LainAffiliated withDepartment of Forensic MedicineForensic Odontology, Sydney Dental Hospital Email author 
  • , Jane TaylorAffiliated withDepartment of Forensic MedicineSchool of Health Sciences, The University of Newcastle, Health Precinct


This chapter locates the practice of dentistry in the sphere of legal medicine. It introduces the roles and activities of dental practitioners and the legal principles which inform dental practice. The area of forensic odontology as a branch of legal dentistry is introduced, and the issues relating to both legal dentistry and forensic odontology are discussed. Finally, a Ready Reckoner is provided to offer a summary and a direction for further study.