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Forensic Medicine 2017/2018

  • 4 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Final Assessment


Starting from the general concepts that students are provided specific aspects about the medical issues to the right, after the acquisition of the basic skills of the discipline-specific. The objectives are: 1. Meet and develop the capacities already acquired in previous courses, especially in Criminal law, related to the principles of connection between law and medicine
2. Obtain and complementary training in specific skills and knowledge of this branch of knowledge
3. Define criteria: assessment judgements and designing specialty in this scientific area
4. Require a critical attitude: the students in relation to the work;
5. Develop: readiness to adapt with excellence acquired scientific knowledge when solving concrete situations.

Recommended Prerequisites

Knowledge of the different legal areas in the face of legal transversality establishing correct framework for forensic medicine in various branches of law in the face of scientific development recorded in the various areas of forensic sciences, experimental

Teaching Metodology

The course is based on a student-centered teaching methodology, which does not exclude the expository method, case studies and participation. On the other hand, the choice of the syllabus seeks to develop the application of knowledge as well as the practical skills of application. The correspondence is based on the diversification of the type of learning sessions (lectures and debates) and a strong practical component and application of knowledge reflected in more investigative work by the students, with a view to the allocation and improvement of capabilities and the consolidation of skills. Theoretical and practical lessons in which students must make explanatory topics researched and investigated the related theoretical content to stimulate the spirit of research.

Body of Work

Medical-Legal Portuguese organization assessment of bodily harm. Civil and Criminal Forensic Pathology Work. Natural death and violent death. Differential diagnosis Forensic Traumatology. Medicolegal autopsy medical law. Medical Ethics. Abortion. Euthanasia. Legal Medicine work. Accidents at work and occupational diseases. National disability tables. Death by injury by firearms. Forensic identification in its various aspects. Forensic Biology. Ascertainment of paternity. Study of trace Forensic Toxicology. Licit and illicit drugs. Analytical tests. Forensic Psychiatry. Imputability. Danger. Ban. Ineligible.

Recommended Bibliography

Legal and Forensic Medicine, Beran, Roy G. (Ed., Springer,
XXXI, 1845 p., 2013
Medicina Legal y Toxicologia, J. Gisbert Calabuig, Masson, 6ª Edição, 2010
Responsabilidade Médica, J.Pinto da Costa, Felicio Cabral, 1999
Publicações médico-legais, J. Pinto da Costa, Ed IMLP, Porto, 1986
Direito Médico, Genival Veloso de França, Guanabara Press, 2005

Complementary Bibliography

Forensic Pathology, Dominick J. Di Maio, Vincent J.M. Dimaio – Elsevier, 2ª Ed, 2009

Weekly Planning

First Medical Organization-Portuguese Legal personal injury assessment Monday in criminal law, civil and labor third occupational medicine. Accidents at work and occupational diseases fourth Forensic Biology. Fatherhood. Traces. Biological stains. DNA. 5th forensic pathology. Concept, types and signs of death. 6th medicolegal Autopsy. Diagnosis suicide, murder and accident. 7th death by physical agents eighth classification of trauma Forensic Traumatology. 9th domestic violence and institutional. 10th Forensic Sexology. Sex crimes. Disorders of sexuality. 11th St medical law. Experimentation. Donation of bodies. Transplants. Suicide and Euthanasia. 12th firearms. Injuries. Weapons and projectiles. 13th natural and violent Death of the newborn. Infanticide. 14th forensic Identification. Fingerprinting. Anthropology. Forensic Dentistry. DNA Forensic Toxicology 15th. Frequent poisonings. Drugs of abuse. 16th forensic psychiatry. Imputability. Danger. Ban.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

For the first goal to meet and develop ...-obtained through information on Medical-Legal Organization. The 2nd. goal is achieved through the study of: evaluation of bodily harm in criminal, Civil and labour and forensic pathology. The 3rd. goal is achieved through the study of the medical law the 4th goal obtained by Forensic Biology topics, suicide, murder and accident Diagnosis. Forensic identification. Fingerprinting. Anthropology. Forensic Dentistry. DNA. Fatherhood. Traces. Biological stains. = 5th objective: all programmatic connteúdos contribute to this objective

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

1st meet and develop theoretical practice lessons with topics for teachers second complement with preparation and presentation of themes for students 3rd set criteria-4 critical debate-debate lessons 5 develop exhibition methods by teachers and by pupils

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYes 
Research skillsYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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