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FACULTY OF FORENSIC MEDICINE

   

 

Paolo Zacchia(1584-1659) was the personal physician of the popes Innocent X and AlexanderVII, legal advisor to the Rota Romana and head of the health system in thePapal States. His most important work, written in Latin, is entitled "QuaestionesMedico-Legales" and was published in 9 volumes between 1621 and 1651. Evenafter Zacchia's death comprehensive reprints were published at several placesup to the late 18th century. Zacchia covered all the medicolegal issues of histime including the problem of "malpractice" and medical ethics. He isrightly considered an outstanding representative of his profession, whose"Quaestiones Medico-Legales" gave legal medicine its name. PaoloZacchia (1584-1659) was one of the fathers of forensic medicine and socialhygiene, which were combined in his time.

 

MESSAGE OF THE CHAIR: Dr.A.Selva Murugan

It is a satisfying journey for our department as we handled a big spectrum of medical jurisprudence duties, of which some were high profile. The department faculty are seen handling these duties with great sense of perseverance, honesty and courage. On the other part our graduate and postgraduate teaching& training programs were vibrant and encouraging. Our graduate students have cleared the boards with consistency and high grades.


ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Graduate Program - M.B.B.S The Department has anorganized graduate training program, which enrolls 150 graduates every yearduring the 6th and 7th semesters of the course years. The students undertakestudies in Medical law & ethics, Identification of the dead, Procedures ofmedicolegal autopsy, Death& its causes, Post mortem changes, Pathology ofinjuries, Medicolegal aspects of injuries, Asphyxial deaths, Sexualjurisprudence, Forensic psychiatry, Toxicology, Age estimation by radiologicalexamination, Examination of cluster of bones, Issue of wound certificate ,drunkenness certificate, Examination of victims & accused in sexual offence cases.

The course content includes

  • Didactic Lectures
  • Seminars and group discussions involving participation of students are conducted every month
  • Periodic Internal Assessment tests both in theory, practical and viva voce.

Post Graduate Program in ForensicMedicine: is a 3year course conducted under affiliation to the TN Dr MGR MedicalUniversity, Chennai. The program of training includes, Case presentation ofMedicolegal autopsies discussion every day, Seminars & Subject Review,Postmortem Review meet, Lectures, Invited Guest lectures, Attending CMEs,Workshop and Conferences.

ON GOING RESEARCH

 


  • Age Estimation by the Study of Dental Development in School Children
  • Atherosclerotic Changes in Sudden Cardiac Death
  • Atherosclerotic Lesion in Non Cardiac Unnatural Causes of Death in Young South Indian Males
  • Study of Neck Structure Injuries in Hanging.
  • Profile Of Death in Young Males
  • Profile Of Unknown Deaths
  • Assessment of Sex and Stature with analysis of Clavicle
  • Study of the relationship between blood groups and suicides in the dead and survivors
  • Analysis of the stature based on body part measurements and correlation with regional population



 

Medico legal Training


Police Officers such as Deputy Superintendent Of Police, Inspectors,Sub-Inspectors, Constables Criminology Students From Madras University. MedicalRecord Technicians.

Department Statistics


No.

Cases

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

1

Traffic Accidents

282

373

344

410

448

2

Other Accidents

53

78

80

73

75

3

Murder

51

63

71

77

59

4

Natural Causes

84

82

116

116

127

5

Poison

169

227

252

307

334

6

Drowning

38

36

35

65

48

7

Hanging

49

48

83

100

104

8

Burns

124

158

181

174

208

9

Gun Shot

1

2

1

0

0

10

Lightning

4

3

4

3

7

11

Exhumation

3

2

3

6

2

12

Electrocution

17

18

13

31

24

13

Bone Cases

32

17

18

19

29

14

Rape Cases

47

64

84

65

73

15

Age cases

46

77

97

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-

16

Prohibition Cases

30

42

36

12

14

 

Highlights


There are 292 titles and journals in the Departmental Library. The Department Museum has 252 Mounted Specimens,, 65 Bones, 31 Weapons, 78 Poisons, 77 Charts/Diagrams, 175photograph, 17 wax Models, X-rays.


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