forensic medicine resources for medical students


Established in 1999, still remains the only website dedicated to providing comprehensive educational resources to medical students on forensic medicine and pathology, and has been archived by the UK Web Archiving Consortium (, having been selected for preservation by the Wellcome Trust ( 



This subject is rarely taught at undergraduate level in the UK and so this website remains a unique resource for the application of forensic principles to clinical medicine.


Some may find the subject matter distressing. It is not my intention to offend, but to provide educational materials for medical students (and others); if you are likely to be offended by the subject of violent injury/ death, and the aftermath of such violence, please do not proceed any further into this website, which is not suitable for viewing by minors.


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what is forensic pathology?


Source: National Pathology Week


Forensic pathology is a sub-specialty of histopathology, and is concerned with the application of pathological principles to the investigation of the medico-legal aspects of death.

Forensic pathologists are medically qualified doctors who perform autopsies (postmortem examinations) on those who have died suddenly, unexpectedly, or as a result of trauma or poisoning.

Read more about forensic pathology here ...


Forensic or legal medicine has been described as a key to the past, the explanation of the present and to some extent a signpost to the future.

Goode AW and Cameron JM. Medicine, Science, and the Law 2000; 40:2-3

Read about the role of the forensic pathologist in a leaflet produced for the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (UK Royal College of Physicians).


Forensic pathology/ medicine and science links (delicious)




forensicmed is now on pinterest - access the boards here ...

Curated educational resources for forensic medicine/ pathology


For those of you who use a tablet device, you might want to download the Flipboard app and take a look at a new set of curated resources for forensic medicine and pathology. These have been grouped together in the following magazines:



In addition, I am curating forensic medicine resources at



Out now ...


Simpson's Forensic Medicine 13th Edition, Arnold Publishing 2011

As the forensic pathology contributor to this textbook, I can confidently say that it will not disappoint those who want a compact overview of forensic medicine and science.

Buy it here ...


And also available to buy here is the Irish edition ...


Knight's Forensic Pathology (4th Edition 2016)


The new edition of the "most authoritative forensic pathology textbook on the market" is now available here and via the CRC Press website.

Browse the book preview at Google Books:



Anatomy revision resources can be found here ....

Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (2nd Edition 2015)


Preview this 4 volume tome at Google Books and encourage your academic library to buy it from here ...


death investigation in America - PBS investigates


Popular television shows portray death investigators as high-tech sleuths wielding the most sophisticated tools of 21st century science. An unprecedented collaborative investigation by FRONTLINE, ProPublica and NPR found a very different reality: A dysfunctional system in which there are few standards, little oversight, and the mistakes are literally buried.

Post mortem - documentary airing from Tuesday 1st February 2011 on PBS


The anatomy of crime - The Wellcome Collection exhibition


The striking exhibition poster and leaflet image


This free exhibition examined forensic science and pathology utilising some fascinating artefacts from infamous crimes, video installations, and historical documents and books with wonderful illustrations.


(Forensics - the anatomy of crime exhibition video

The Wellcome Collection exhibition at 183 Euston Road, London


Enticing posters outside the Euston Road exhibition space


Forensic pathology for police, death investigators, attorneys and forensic scientists, Prahlow J (2009)

Read a review of this book here ...

Buy it here

At Google Books here

Sample pages (on forensic science) here

Also available to read online at Scribd


Read my review here ...

Buy this book here ...

See inside this book here ..


Oxford Handbook of Forensic Medicine. Wyatt J, Squires T, Norfolk G, Payne-James J. 2011

Buy it here ...


Hear an abridged version of 'The invention of murder', read by Robert Glenister, at the author's website

Buy the hardback book here ...

Buy the paperback book here ...

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