A Edwin Joe
P Sampath Kumar
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Practical Guide for Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
First Edition: 2017
Printed atDedicated to
My Teachers, Parents, Wife, Children and StudentsForeword
I am delighted to learn about the Practical Guide for Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by Dr K Tamilmani of Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.
This book includes discussion of practical aspects of forensic medicine and toxicology in a crystal clear manner, and yet in a nutshell. The author has carefully elicited the key points of subject, which are needed to all those involved in Medicolegal Practice. The information compiled is very useful and authentic. This will be useful for undergraduates, postgraduates, general practitioners, forensic scientists, police fraternity, and judiciary officials. This book contains numerous charts, certificates, proformas, tables and photographs, which will be very useful to all. It is ultimately handy and readily accessible reference guide to forensic medicine and toxicology, students.
I sincerely congratulate the author for this effort.
Dr A Edwin Joe MD BL
Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, IndiaForeword
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever” is the famous quote said by Mahatma Gandhi. Any amount of knowledge gained cannot to be equivalent to wealth gained at any point of time. Forensic medicine has claimed its full share in dramatic progress of medicine during the present century. Today, forensic issues are confronted not only by the specialist, but also by the young doctor treating a victim of violence in a village or a victim of sexual abuse in a city, or while identifying victims of mass disaster, etc. Forensic medicine has cast its mantle on every facet of its interaction between medicine and society.
Dr Tamilmani of Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, has done a commendable job of condensing the vast ocean of information available, in a nutshell which is easy to understand and comprehend. Each chapter provides basic information, as well as numerous details, in an easy-to-understand, concise and clear manner. An added plus is the inclusion of many colorful photographs, making the text ideal for persons practicing “living” forensic medicine. I am sure this book would be of much use to the entire undergraduate and postgraduate students’ community, teaching fraternity, law enforcing authorities and members of judicial system, especially from a practical point of view.
My hearty congratulations to Dr Tamilmani for this outstanding forensic practical text and I wish him all the best for his future endeavors.
Dr P Sampath Kumar MD
Professor and Head
Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IndiaPreface
I feel very happy and pleased to introduce the Practical guide for Forensic Medicine and Toxicology to our fraternity. As doctors in every field are exposed to medicolegal aspects, either in our dealings with patients, documentation or certification, a basic knowledge of this field is essential. The same holds good for people in the judiciary and police department.
Even as a student in this subject, I felt the dearth of student friendly, yet informative and resourceful books pertaining to basics in practical forensic medicine and toxicology. This book is a humble effort from my side to address this need. This book is conceived to be a concise ready-reckoner for most topics in the purview of practical forensic medicine and toxicology, while still managing to pack all the essential details from this vast subject.
I do hope this book benefits medical students to acquire a basic knowledge in the subject. It would also help officers and personnel in the judiciary and police departments, by giving basic and useful information which may be difficult to compile from complex medical textbooks. This is an effort to simplify complex practical aspects in forensic medicine and toxicology into simple, easily understandable information, especially at times when we need a quick revision of the subject. However, this book does not aim to undermine the value of standard textbooks which should continue to be the core focus for medical students.
I would welcome all to give their suggestions or criticisms, which I hope will help in improving my future endeavors.
The production of this guide would not have been accomplished but for the able guidance of Dr Karthikeyan, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Ex-Dean, KAP Viswanathan Government Medical College, Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India; Professor Dr A Edwin Joe, Dean, Coimbatore Medical College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India; Dr A Selvamurugan, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Head, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India, who were a constant source of encouragement and support throughout this endeavor. They have had a great influence on my career and I am happy that this guide has achieved their expected standard.
When compiling this guide, I have been fortunate to get help from my senior colleagues and my professional friends. I am grateful to Dr R Sudalaimuthu, Associate Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Tirunelveli; Medical College, Tirunelveli, Dr M Manivasagam, Assistant professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Government Medical College, Omandurar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Dr R Udhayabanu, Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur, and Dr A Sangeetha and Dr Yogambal, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Stanley Medical College, Chennai. Their readiness to participate in discussions at various levels and suggestions for improvements has greatly helped me for completion. I extend my sincere thanks to every one of them.
Although no amount of words would be adequate to acknowledge the role of my parents, my wife and my loving children, in my work and in my life indeed, yet I take this opportunity to acknowledge them and dedicate this guide to them.
Also, I profusely thank M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India, especially Shri Jitendar P Vij (Group Chairman), Mr Ankit Vij (Group President), Mr Tarun Duneja (Director–Publishing) and their team, for the care taken in printing and bringing out this guide in an attractive form.
I finally thank my students and my department staff, who have been the source of inspiration for this book.