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Forensic Medicine (MBBS): Course Outline

The use of medicine in legal proceedings, such as to establish a cause of death.

Course outline

Law, Law Courts and Evidence in the Court

  1. Differentiate between Law, Common Law, Statute Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law.
  2. Qasas and Diyat and evidence ordinance 1988, Courts of Law, their powers and jurisdictions, Legal Procedures (court etiquettes), Evidence, Types. of evidence, Admissibility of evidence, Deposition, Stages of evidence.
  3. Law Medicine relationship, Criminal Justice, General Presumptions in Law, General Exceptions in Law, Unfit to plead, Diminished responsibility, Mc Naughten‟s Rule, Durham Rule.
  4. General Definitions.

· Legal aspects of medical practice

  1. Allopathic System, Medical and Dental Degree Ordinance 1980, Allopathic System (Prevention of misuse) Act 1962, PMDC Ordinance 1962, Medical Register,
  2. Drug Act 1976, Dangerous drug act 1930.
  3. Medical treatment.
  4. Mental Health Ordinance 2001 (replacement of Lunacy Act 1912).
  5. Role and Types of Consent, and consent in vulnerable population (Minors, Prisoners, Insane, etc.)
  6. Medical Negligence
  7. Professional Misconduct
  8. Professional secrecy
  9. Medical Documentation

1- Existing criminal laws relating to:
Hurt (Criminal amendment Act 1997/ Qisas and Diyat Ordinance); its definition, classification and medico