The doctrine of informed consent aims at giving sufficient information to a patient to enable him to make a knowledgeable and informed decision about the use of a drug, device or procedure in the course of treatment. The duty to warn a patient of any likely harm in the course of treatment has also been included in the doctrine.

Index Section I – Medical Jurisprudence 1- Legal Procedure in Criminal Courts2. History of Forensic Medicine3. Personal Identity4. Postmortem Examination (Autopsy)5. Exhumation6. Postmortem Artefacts7. Examination of Biological Stains and Hair8. Death in its Medico-Legal Aspects9. Deaths from Asphyxia10. Death from Starvation, Cold and Heat11. Injuries from Burns, Scalds, Lightning and Electricity12. Injuries by Mechanical Violence13. The Medico-Legal Aspects of Wounds14. […]

A medical examiner before proceeding with an autopsy, especially if called before the body has been removed from the place where it was found, should carefully note certain facts. These should be entered by himself or an assistant with great care, in a note-book, as this book can be introduced as evidence in any trial. A satisfactory way is to dictate to the assistant as the examination proceeds, and at the conclusion the assistant reads the notes taken, and the examiner verifies them.

The respiratory movements of the chest are sometimes very difficult to observe. They can always be better appreciated if the abdomen and chest are observed together. There are two methods to determine whether respiration is absolutely suspended or not. First, by holding a mirror in front of the open mouth, observing whether any moisture collects on its surface.

MEDICOLEGAL ISSUES: GUIDELINES TO MEDICAL OFFICERS Introduction Medicolegal cases (MLC) are an integral part of medical practice that is frequently encountered by Medical Officers (MO). The occurrence of MLCs is on the increase, both in the Civil as well as in the Armed Forces. Proper handling and accurate documentation of these cases is of prime importance to avoid legal complications […]

Death certificates serve the critical functions of providing documentation for legal/administrative purposes and vital statistics for epidemiologic/health policy purposes. In order to satisfy these functions, it is important that death certificates be filled out completely, accurately, and promptly. The high error rate in death certification has been documented in multiple prior studies, as has the effectiveness of educational training interventions at mitigating errors. The following guide to death certification is intended to illustrate some basic principles and common pitfalls in electronic death registration with the goal of improving death certification accuracy.

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