Simpson's Forensic Medicine, 13th Edition

Simpson's Forensic Medicine, 13th Edition

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This fully updated thirteenth edition of Simpson's Forensic Medicine remains a classic introductory text to the field. Continuing its tradition of preparing the next generation of forensic practitioners, it presents essential concepts in the interface between medicine and the law. Twenty-four chapters cover basic science, toxicology, forensic odontology, forensic anthropology, and both the legal obligations and ethical responsibilities of those involved in the forensic setting.

Highlights of this well-renowned text include:

Clear and concise language suitable for a wide audience of readers
Text boxes to emphasize salient points
High-quality color photographs for clear communication of concepts
Focus on key principles applicable to any legal system
Additional perspectives from authors new to this edition
Expanded coverage of toxicology and forensic science

Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading, including books, key scientific papers and reviews, and web-based sources. Simpson's has a long and respected history-read by many of today's leading forensic practitioners at the start of the career. It remains the most indispensable guide to the practice of forensic medicine worldwide.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 191 x 248 x 15.24mm | 748g
  • Hodder Arnold
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 13th New edition
  • 12 Line drawings, color; 170 Halftones, color; 182 Illustrations, color
  • 0340986034
  • 9780340986035
  • 274,632

Table of contents

Principles of Forensic Practice

The Ethics of Medical Practice

The Medical Aspects of Death

Identification of the Living And The Dead

The Appearance of the Body After Death

Unexpected and Sudden Death from Natural Causes

Deaths and Injury in Infancy

Assessment, Classification and Documentation of Injury

Regional Injuries

Ballistic Injuries

Use of Force and Restraint

Sexual Assault

Child Assault and Protection

Transportation Medicine


Immersion and Drowning

Heat, Cold and Electrical Trauma

Principles of Toxicology


Licit and Illicit Drugs

Medicinal Poisons

Miscellaneous Poisons

Principles of Forensic Science

Allied Forensic Specialties

Appendix 1: Guidelines for an Autopsy and Exhumation

Appendix 2: Widmark's Formula

Appendix 3: Diagnosing Poisoning - Carbon Monoxide. Health Protection Agency Guidelines

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Review quote

"This is an updated classic for every forensic physician's 'must read' list and, as Lord Justice Thomas comments in his foreword, it takes an international perspective and will be of use to all professionals requiring an awareness of the principles of forensic medical and scientific practice - a bridge between law and science and medicine."
-Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
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About Jason Payne-James

Director - Forensic Healthcare Services Ltd, Vice-President (Forensic Medicine) - Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine (Royal College of Physicians)
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Cameron Centre for Forensic and Medical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London
Steven B. Karch, MD., FFFLM FFSSoc
Consultant Cardiac Pathologist and Toxicologist, Berkeley, California, USA

Richard Jones BSc. (Hons) MBBS FRCPath MCIEH MFSSoc MFFLM
Locum Consultant Forensic Pathologist, Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK
John Manlove BA MSc DIC PhD RFP FFSSoc.
Manlove Forensics Ltd, Wantage, Oxon, UK
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