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Review of

Forensic Medicine Fifth Edition


Review of

Forensic Medicine Fifth Edition

Dr. Sumit Seth MBBS (MAMC), MD (LHMC) INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE Ex-Senior Resident Department of Forensic Medicine Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Smt. Sucheta Kriplani and Kalawati Saran Hospital New Delhi

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Review of Forensic Medicine

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First Edition: 2005 Fifth Edition: 2014

ISBN: 978-81-8445-164-1


to the memory of my dad late Sh. Satish Kumar Seth who taught me the virtues of staying ahead of the curve and stand up against conventional wisdom


Preface A bunch of class notes, scribbled in a manner which even trained pharmacists would struggle to decipher, turned into a book in 2004. A book which was written off by some purists, nonetheless written with lots of labour of love has reached its fifth edition. It is an unassuming journey for any author, more so for someone, for whom Forensic Medicine is no longer a profession but a hobby! Fifth international edition has been thoroughly revised and some of the chapters rewritten especially wrt. the new law against Rape and a chapter on Biological Stains. The book has evolved keeping pace with the changing trend of examination papers. This book would help students not only understand but more importantly! remember the “must knows” of Forensic Medicine. The focus is to help students grappling with information overload & need for rapid revision(s). Students would be able to grasp the critical areas of Forensic Medicine with ease. This is NOT a textbook but an enzyme! to help text of the standard textbooks cross the “Blood Brain Barrier”. I have used my experience as a student and knowledge as a teacher in making this book “reader friendly”. I have made the best effort to make this book complete yet concise. I request all readers to give their valuable suggestions to improve this book further. Most books are written keeping in mind ‘the subject’, I’ve written this book keeping in mind ‘the student’. I’m fully aware that “a good book cannot replace a good teacher” and firmly believe in the mantra — Read less, Study more…

Sumit Seth e-mail: doctorsumitseth@gmail.com @MedForensic /ReviewFMT


Acknowledgements To my respected guide Dr GK Sharma Director Prof., Forensic Medicine, Principal and Medical Superintendent, Lady Hardinge Medical College who has inspired me constantly with his indepth knowledge of the subject and his magnanimous personality. To my teachers Dr Atul Murari (Head of Department, Forensic Medicine) and Dr Yashoda Rani (Professor, Forensic Medicine), who always showed me the right way in life and taught me the intricacies of the subject. To all my colleagues For their help and co-operation in the preparation of this book. To all my friends Dr Sumer Kumar Sethi (Radiologist), Dr Vineet Malik (Cardiologist) and Ms Shivani Khanna, who forced me to take up this project and stay with it. Dr. Syeda Afshan, who read the 4th edition with a magnifying glass! and sent me a list of errata, making 5th edition typo free, almost! To Mr Pawaninder P Vij (Publisher) without whose co-operation this book would never have been possible. To my students of Lady Hardinge Medical College (Hardonians) who showed faith in my ability as a teacher and constantly ‘troubled me’!! with their never ending queries.


x Review of Forensic Medicine To my virtual students on Facebook and Whatsapp!, all credits to them for keeping me! and the knowledge of Forensic Medicine, on my finger tips. Special thanks to my younger brother Amit for letting me use the computer more often than my actual share while I was writing the first edition (Those days, we had only one heavyweight desktop). To my beloved wife, Tanu, for her constant support and encouragement and also to my sons Shreshth and Saksham for bringing new meaning to my life. Above all, to my mother, Smt. Urmil Seth, whatever I’ve achieved, is the outcome of her unconditional love and blessings.


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Contents 1. Identification ................................................ 1 MCQs ............................. 24 2. Thanatology ............................................... 35 MCQs ............................. 53 3. Injuries and Its Medicolegal Importance . 64 MCQs ............................. 89 4. Violent Asphyxial Deaths ........................ 102 MCQs ........................... 115 5. Classification of Sexual Offences ........... 124 MCQs ........................... 136 6. Infanticide ................................................. 141 MCQs ........................... 146 7. Thermal Injuries ....................................... 151 MCQs ........................... 162 8. Forensic Psychiatry .................................. 164 MCQs ........................... 171 9. Starvation ................................................. 175 MCQs ........................... 176 10. Biological Evidence ................................. 177 MCQs ........................... 181 11. Impotence, Sterility and MTP ................. 183 MCQs ........................... 189 12. Toxicology ................................................ 194 MCQs ........................... 251 13. Court Procedures ..................................... 284 MCQs ........................... 292 14. Medical Jurisprudence ............................ 300 MCQs ........................... 311 15. Medicolegally Important Sections/Acts .. 316 16. Questions vs. Concepts ............................ 323

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