Legal Medicine

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at providing students with general knowledge about:
i) the main forensic aspects of medical issues;
ii) the principles of forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine;
iii) the Italian legislation as well as bioethics and the ethical code;
iv) the post-mortem alterations, certification, the estimation of time since death, identification, scene of crime, medical malpractice and social and private insurance.
Expected learning outcomes
The students know:
i) the tools for differential diagnosis of violence and of crimes against the person, to appropriately describe and interpret trauma;
ii) how to use the underlying principles of consent, medical liability, medical ethics and reporting.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
· Basics of criminal and civil law
· Reporting to law enforcement
· Crimes against the person: homicide, personal lesions, sexual violence, infanticide, abuse of means of correction, maltreatment in the family
· Clinical forensic medicine: protocols and clinical aspects to adopt in the case of crimes against the person
· Forensic pathology: trauma: blunt force, sharp force, gunshot wounds, tocicology, burns, electric trauma etc.
· Birth, death and the evaluation of postmortem interval with elements of entomology and botany
· Medical records, certificates and other documents of medico legal interest
· Causal nexus and evidence based medicine
· Identification and scene of crime
· The autopsy
· Medical malpractice
· Abortion
· Ethics
· Transplants
· Private and social insurance; biological damage
· Humanitarian forensic medicine: torture, Istanbul protocol, unaccompanied minors, legge Zampa
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of radiology, histology, dermatology, anatomy, traumatology, orthopedics, gynecology, surgical and clinical pathology
Teaching methods
The course will consist of standard lectures, seminars, case studies and a practical in the autopsy room. PPts and readings will be available on the Ariel site.
Teaching Resources
Cazzaniga et al. 2018 UTET Compendio di Medicina Legale
Gentilomo, Travaini, d'Auria 2009 Medico e Giustizia, Raffaello Cortina Editore
Pekka Saukko and Bernard Knight
Knight's Forensic Pathology, 4th Ed.
CRC Press, 2015
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination is oral and includes a practical examination; there is a preappello at the end of the course usually in December with the same modality as the regular exam; no auxiliary material for the final examination is permitted; the results of the exam will be communicated at the end of the exam.
MED/43 - FORENSIC MEDICINE - University credits: 5
Informal teaching: 16 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Cattaneo Cristina