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Department of Forensic & clinical Toxicology






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Forensic  I








Forensic II







Course Description

FNS 407 & 408 (Forensic Med. I&11).

Course Description:

 The course constitutes two sections: forensic medicine and clinical toxicology. Medical ethics is incorporated in forensic medicine.

 Forensic medicine aims  to enable the students to deal with common medico legal troubles encountered in medical practice including different types of wounds and injuries , sexual offences & child abuse , age estimation in living and dead as well as diagnoses of death and time of death . Medical ethics emphasizes on the doctors patients relationship, and the legal aspects of  medical practice .

The clinical toxicology section of the course on the other hand, to identify the type & severity of poisonings, to manage patients poisoned by a wide variety of toxins which are generally available in the Egyptian community

Course Contents:

First semester:

 Forensic medicine:

  • Death &Postmortem changes
  • Identification
  • MLI of blood groups paternity investigations & DNA
  • ML aspects of wounds and permanent infirmity
  • Injuries of special parts of the body
  • Head injuries
  • Firearms injuries
  • Thermal injuries
  • ML aspects of child abuse
  • Sexual offences
  • ML aspects of abortion
  • ML aspects of pregnancy and delivery
  • Violent asphyxia
  • Medical ethics
  • Malpractice

Second Semester:

Clinical toxicology:

  • Basic principles of clinical toxicology
  • Management of an intoxicated patient
  • Over the counter drugs
  • Household intoxication
  • Prescription drugs
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Substances of abuse
  • Drug dependence
  • Plant toxicity
  • Animal envenomation
  • Food – born intoxication

Teaching Methods

1. Lectures [3 credit hours]: (Tools: board, overhead   projector, data show), interactive learning [Discussions], Self-learning [research, power point presentation, posters].

2.  Practical sections [1credit hour]: (Tools: labs, boards, instruments, skill lab)

3. Other methods slides and photographs - Museum specimens

·         Case study

·         Small Group discussion

·         Seminars    

Attendance Criteria:

  • The minimal acceptable attendance is 70% in order to sit for the final examination.

 Examination Description:

1.     Formative & Summative exams

2.     (Written- Oral- Practical- Research- Case study)

3.     (Selective & Supply type questions- Problem-solving)

 Mark Distribution:

  • A total of 100 marks divided equally between both semesters as follows:
  • 30% Year Activity
  • 40% Written Final Exam
  • 30% Practical & Oral Final Exam

 Learning Resources:

Basic Materials:

  • Department books available for students, at the faculty bookshop.
  • Practical books
  • Overhead projections, slides and computer presentations used during teaching.

Suggested materials

·         Course book
·         (Text book )
·         [Essential books]: Shepherd R,(2010) Simpson’s Forensic Medicine 12th edition Arnold company UK, and Oxford university press. 
·         Recommended books:
o Margaret m. Stark (2011) clinical forensic medicine a physician guide 3rd edition Springer New York Dordrecht Heidelberg London
o Sandy Sanbar. Alla Gibofsky. Marvin H Firestone el al(2001)  ; (Editors) Legal Medicine  Fifth edition.. 
·         Periodicals and web site: 
o www.forensicmed.co.uk/,
o www.medlib.med.utah.edu/webpath/, 
o www.dundee.ac.uk/facmedden/bmsc

o www.cmeonline.med.harvard.edu