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Subject: FORENSIC MEDICINE (A.A. 2024/2025)

single-cycle master degrees (5 years) in LAW

Course year 5
Teaching units Unit Medicina legale
Training activities in similar subject fields or in fields integrating the basic and distinctive ones, also relating to context cultures and interdisciplinary training (lesson)
  • TAF: Supplementary compulsory subjects SSD: MED/43 CFU: 6
Teachers: Enrico SILINGARDI
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Knowledge of the key issues pertaining to the relationship between medicine and law, and the correct interpretation of the rules of law the application of which requires the use of medical knowledge

Admission requirements

Fundamental knowledge of legal terminology and general features of the criminal, civil, administrative

Course contents


1. Definitions, general profiles, goals, areas of application.
2. The damage to the person of legal significance. Elements of the damage.
3. Methodology of forensic judgment.
4. Examination of the facts.
5. Examination of the event.
6. The causal link.
7. Forensic criminal law.
8. Chargeability and grounds for exclusion.
9. Crimes against the person.
10. The sexual offenses.
11. The crimes of abortion.
12. The forensic investigations in criminal proceedings: procedural implications and critique of the current system.
13. Elements of forensic toxicology.
14. Medico-legal implications in the field of doping.
15. Elements of forensic genetics.
16. Forensic civil
17. Civil liability in tort and breach of contract
18. The damage to the person in civil liability.
19. Social medicine
20. Professional responsibility in health care. Consent to health care. Profile case law in civil and criminal matters.
21. The protection of confidentiality in health care.
22. Treatment of transsexualism and correction of personal information for sex. Forensic profiles.
23. Medico-legal implications in transplantation of organs from living and cadaveric.
24. Treatment of the dying. Euthanasia. Aggressive treatment. Advance directives of treatment.
25. Profiles regulatory and medico-legal in clinical research.
26. General traumatology:
27. Special cause injury
28. The asphyxia
29. Thanatology:
30. Regulation mortuary police.

Teaching methods

The course consists in the illustration of the issues matter in the form of lectures in the classroom, with the support of a video presentation (slides).

Assessment methods

The exam is placed at the end of the semester, in the form of an oral examination to be carried out in a manner (interview teacher-student) exclusively on the topics covered during the course. During the interview, the teacher tests the student's ability to frame the argument put forward by the legal point of view, and then address the issues of specific interest to medical-legal doctrine.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding: through the lessons in the classroom, the student learns the methods of interpretation of Forensic Medicine of the regulations concerning the damage to the person.
The ability application is acquired through the illustration of examples casuistry proposed by the teacher in the classroom.
Independent judgment and communication skills, as well as learning skills, consolidate through discussion of theoretical profiles and case studies related to the discipline of the course.