Legal Medicine and Dentistry

  • Russell Lain
  • Jane Taylor
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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.


Dental Treatment Human Remains Dental Practice Dental Practitioner Bite Mark 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forensic MedicineGlebeAustralia
  2. 2.Forensic Odontology, Sydney Dental HospitalSurry HillsAustralia
  3. 3.School of Health SciencesThe University of Newcastle, Health PrecinctOurimbahAustralia

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