Forensic medicine and the practising doctor

Anthony Busuttil

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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Forensic medicine and the practising doctor

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Doctors have to keep in mind their legal responsibilities and duties from the very first day of their practice. The services of a medical practitioner are often called upon when injuries and other forms of abuse have taken place, and also when death has occurred, particularly if death was sudden and unexpected. As a direct consequence, the doctor may acquire information that suggests a suspicious and potentially criminal event. In such instances, the doctor’s duty of care and bond of confidentiality to the patient must be carefully balanced against their duties as a citizen of a country in which homicide cannot go undetected and crime cannot be condoned....

Chapter.  14506 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Forensic Medicine

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