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.- Forensic Medicine PROF. CRISTIANO BARBIERI COURSE AIMS The course is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in technical knowledge of specific interest to legal practice. COURSE CONTENT - Aspects of General Legal Medicine: definitions and various branches of the subject, forms of legal medicine, medico-legal methodology, the issue of causal nexus in legal terms within various medico-legal contexts. - Aspects of Criminal Legal Medicine: medico-legal diagnosis in relation to assault, personal injuries, homicide, suicide, infanticide; health treatment/checks; crimes against the sanctity of the dead; the medical examiner’s professional responsibility; legal aspects connected with clinical records, certifications, reports, complaints and professional confidentiality. - Aspects of Civil Legal Medicine: technical assessment of biological damages. - Aspects of Ecclesiastical Legal Medicine: medical examination in cases of impotency, sterility and physical incapacity in church marriages as well as other types of medico-legal findings required by canon law. - Aspects of Professional Liability: malpractice and some ethical aspects regarding medical records, certificates, complaints and medical reports. - Aspects of Necroscopic Medicine: diagnosing death; judicial aims of inspecting crime scene and post-mortem. - Aspects of Genetic Forensics: problems associated with the identification of biological traces and DNA test. - Aspects of Toxicological Forensics: problems associated with toxicological- forensic analyses of alcohol and drugs. - Aspects of Sexual Forensics: medical-legal issues connected with laws on voluntary abortion, medically assisted reproduction, sexual violence, mutilation of female genitals, gender assessment. - Aspects of Psycho-pathological Forensics: psychiatric examinations in criminal law on the perpetrator of a crime (imputability, threat to society, assessment of whether person is triable) and victim (circumventing non- triability, assessing whether adults or minors are capable of giving evidence); psychiatric examinations in civil law (disability/inability/guardian; psychic impairment; natural incapacity; contractual incapacity; incapacity to give evidence). - Aspects of Forensic Medicine: Forensic narratology (narrative plots in reports and rulings) and Clinical Forensics (parricide, filicide, uxoricide, homicide- suicide, maltreatment of old people and minors, mobbing, stalking, sexual offences and crimes of passion, serial killings. READING LIST F. DE FERRARI-L. PALMIERI, Manuale di Medicina Legale, Giuffrè, Milano, 2007. A. VERDE-C. BARBIERI (a cura di), Narrative del male. Dalla vita alla fiction, dalla fiction alla vita, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2010. Further reading material will be handed out to students by the lecturer. TEACHING METHOD Lectures. ASSESSMENT METHOD Oral examination. NOTES Further information can be found on the lecturer's webpage at http://www2.unicatt.it/unicattolica/docenti/index.html or on the Faculty notice board.
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