What's on the web: Forensic medicine
- By: Seye Abimbola
Doctors are the same as lawyers,= said Anton Chekhov, =The only difference is that lawyers merely rob you whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.= That's pretty cynical, but whatever brings medicine and law together promises to be interesting. The website, www.forensicmed.co.uk, is an excellent introduction. You will find a wide range of topics, such as wounds, asphyxia, law of evidence, and cocaine, for example. The site also gives a detailed description of an autopsy, with high quality images, and a tutorial about writing death certificates.
The University of Dundee's centre for forensic medicine has another good website, www.dundee.ac.uk/forensicmedicine, with commendable lecture notes. The only shortcoming is that there are no accompanying images. But you can make up for this at http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/FORHTML/FORIDX.html. You will also find conspicuous links to extensive tutorials on firearms injury and the pathology of drug misuse at this site.
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