91136 Forensic Medicine & Toxicology

Course Description

The Main goal of the teaching of medical students in Forensic Medicine is to produce a physician who is well informed about mediocolegal responsibilities in practice of medicine and will also be capable of making observations and inferring conclusions by logical deductions to set enquiries on the right track in criminal matters and connected medicolegal problems. The students acquire knowledge of law in relation to medical practice, medical negligence, and respect for codes for medical ethics. Also Introduces students to the basic principles of toxicology.

Learning Objective

  • By the end of this course, students are expected to
  • 1. A working knowledge of the principles of medical, scientific and technical evidence-gathering and the presentation of such evidence in the courts of law.
  • 2. Appreciate both the scope and the limitations of medical and scientific investigation in assisting the courts.
  • 3. Give a clear account of the procedures used in death investigation, the role of the Attorney General and the rules governing fatal accident inquiries.
  • 4. Construct, from basic scientific and other factual information supplied concerning a scene of death, a logically argued re-construction of the events leading up to death, indicating what further investigations would be required for a full inquiry of this type.
  • 5. Show a basic knowledge of the professional and ethical considerations governing everyday medical practice.



Books for this Course

  • Simpson’s Forensic Medicine by Barnard Knight, 11th Ed., Edward Arnold, London.
  • Parikh’s Text book of Medical Jurisprudence, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by C.K Parikh 6th Ed., CBS Publisher.
  • Buchanan’s Text book of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by Buchanan, 9th Ed., Livingstone.
  • G. Principles and Practice of Forensic Medicine by Prof. Nasib R. Awan. Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology by Dr. Siddique Hussain.

Times Offered

  • September 2014
  • January 2015