Legal Medicine Manual

by Swapnil S Agarwal, Lavlesh Kumar, Krishnadutt Chavali

“Legal Medicine Manual” is a book that explains in lucid language the findings associated with each case and their importance to investigation. Also, chapters like postmortem changes help in removing quite a few doubts in the mind of the investigating officer who will be able to differentiate between, say, a bruise from postmortem lividity. This book shall be a part of the library of investigating officers as well as of doctors. This book deals with the practical aspects of the subject Forensic Medicine, Medical jurisprudence and toxicology. It is solely concerned with examination for medicolegal purposes. The contents are intended to be useful to undergraduate students, postgraduate students, interns, practitioners, duty medical officers in hospitals and medical officers in the government hospitals as well as to lawyers and police. This book covers routine medicolegal issues along with postmortem examination in detail. This book is simple and easy to understand. The treatment of the topics is designed to offer practical advice when confronted with medicolegal issues. MBBS and MD students will now find it easy to cover the practical needs of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. The doctors as general practitioners will find this book very handy to consult whenever they have any medicolegal problem in their day to day work. Students of Law and Forensic Science will be particularly benefited. They will not have to go through lengthy books of Forensic Medicine to find out what they need. This book is a great service to humanity as persons in Judiciary and Police will find this book very useful to reach scientific conclusions. Medicolegal investigations are collective efforts of the police, the doctor and the forensic scientist. As long as all the agencies involved in criminal investigation are not clear in the mind about their duties and do not have an overall idea about the course of the medicolegal examination, investigations shall not be conducted properly. The role of a medicolegal expert cannot be overlooked while investigating a case of human life. Proper examination of the accused and of the victim of any assault along with collection, preservation and evaluation of trace material of evidentiary value help the investigating officer to proceed in the right direction in the course of investigation. Lack of scientific knowledge among the police personnel regarding usefulness of the findings of medicolegal examination, sometimes results in loss of vital evidence and thus results in improper investigation. Topics like consent in medical practice, legal duties of doctor in emergency and elective setup, postmortem changes, postmortem examination, examination of skeletal remains and dead bodies of fetuses/infants, protocol of autopsy in deaths in police custody, second autopsy, postmortem investigation of mass disaster victims, exhumation, sample collection and preservation, DNA, superimposition and brain fingerprinting shall be useful to the investigating officer.


Book Detail

Author Author's Affiliation
1. Agarwal Swapnil S
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka, India
Pramukhswami Medical College and Shree Krishna Hospital, Anand, Gujarat, India
Pramukhswami Medical College and Shri Krishna Hosptial, HM Patel Center for Medical Care and Education, Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat, India, E-mail:
Pramukhswami Medical College and Shree Krishna Hospital, Gujarat, India
2. Kumar Lavlesh
Government Medical College and New Civil Hospital, Surat, Gujarat, India
SBKS Medical Institute and Research Center, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth (Deemed University), Vadodara, Gujarat, India, E-mail:
3. Chavali Krishnadutt Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
AIIMS, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
ISBN 9788184483482
Speciality Forensic Medicine
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/12088
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2008
Pages 310
Book Type Professional


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