Forensic clinical anatomy: A new field of study with application to medicolegal issues

Porzionato A, Macchi V, Stecco C, Loukas M, Tubbs RS, De Caro R.Forensic clinical anatomy: A new field of study with application to medicolegal issues.Clin Anat. 2016 Sep 20. doi: 10.1002/ca.22796.

ABSTRACT

Forensic clinical anatomy is a new practical application of the discipline of Clinical Anatomy for ascertaining and evaluating medicolegal questions. In particular, individual anatomy (normal anatomy, anatomical variations, age-, disease-, or surgery-related modifications) can acquire significant relevance in various fields of legal medicine such as child abuse, sudden death, medical responsibility and/or liability, personal injury and damage. Anatomical data of forensic interest frequently arise from the correct application of methods of ascertainment; anatomical methods may then be required for further comprehensive analysis. The rigorous interpretation of anatomical data, derived from the ascertainment phase and analyzed on the basis of pertinent literature, can be pivotal for the correct application of evaluation criteria in various forensic contexts. Clin. Anat., 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.