Practical & Viva in Forensic Medicine & Toxicology by Sharma

Book Review by Dr  Sanil Kumar M C  

Full name of the book: Practical and Viva in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology

Author: R K Sharma

First edition: 2008

Vitasta Publishing Pvt. Ltd
2/15, First Floor, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi – 110002.

Price: Rs.225/

This book is useful for Homoeopathic under-graduate students for cracking practical and viva examinations. It covers all aspects of practical examinations as prescribed by Central Council of Homoeopathy. This book is arranged in a question/answer format, which are often asked in viva-voce examinations in forensic medicine

The 6 exercises given in the last part of this book is of great help in practical examinations, where student are asked to write model medico-legal reports on examination of various medico-legal cases.

The CD provided with this book contains some  photographs of specimen which are usually kept as spotters in practical examinations. Even though students may be familiar with the specimens in their forensic medicine museums, this viewing the photographs in the CD will help them to recollect the visuals of the common spotters.

I appreciate this unique work in the field of forensic medicine and toxicology, and I recommend the under-graduate student to refer this book to crack the practical and viva-voce examinations in forensic medicine and toxicology with ease.

Introduction to the author
Dr. R.K.Sharma joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1977 as an MBBS student. He is now working there as Additional Professor in Department of Forensic Medicine. He has teaching experience of over 23 years, published many books on Forensic Medicine and wrote more than 60 national and international papers. He supervised many scientific projects of national and internal importance. He has been an examiner to many medical colleges and universities. He is Editor-in-chief of international journal ‘Medico-legal Update’.

Salient features of the book

1. All the six exercises that are commonly asked are explained in detail along with model format so that students can reproduce them in examinations easily.

2.Questions asked in viva-voce are written in same fashion as asked by examiners.

3.Spots shown in practical examination have been visually captured and provided in a CD form so that student can view them before going for examinations.

Content of the book
The practical examinations in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology in South Asian countries, involving exercise writing, spots, viva. With this objective in mind, the author has written this book. It covers all the three aspects of practical examination in detail.

In viva section, questions have been designed in similar fashion as asked in examination. Six exercises have been explained in detail that are commonly explained in examinations.

The common spots asked in examinations are photographed and provided in a CD form with this book so that students can view it before examination.

Structure of book:
The chapters are arranged in question and answer method which are great use for students in viva-voce examinations.

Structure of chapters

  1. History of Forensic Medicine and legal procedures
  2. Identification
  3. Post-mortem examination
  4. Exhumation, examination of decomposed bodies and skeletal remains
  5. Examination of biological stains and hair
  6. Medico-legal aspects of death
  7. Asphyxial death
  8. Death due to starvation, cold and heat
  9. Burns, Scalds, Lightning and Electrical Injuries
  10. Mechanical violence injuries
  11. Fire-arm injuries
  12. Medico-legal aspects of wounds
  13. Regional injuries
  14. Impotence, sterility and artificial insemination
  15. Virginity, pregnancy and delivery
  16. Sexual offences
  17. Legitimacy and medico-legal aspects of marriage annulment
  18. Infanticide
  19. Abortion and medical termination of pregnancy
  20. Insanity and forensic psychiatry
  21. Miscellaneous topics
  22. Law in relation to medical practice – Part I
  23. Law in relation to medical practice – Part II
  24. Medico-legal aspects of poisons
  25. Corrosive poisoning
  26. Irritant poisons: Vegetable poison
  27. Irritant poisons: Inorganic compounds
  28. Irritant poisons: Metallic
  29. Irritant poisons: Animal poisons
  30. Mechanical and somniferous poisons
  31. Cerebral poisons: Inebrient poisons
  32. Cerebral poisons: Delirient poisons
  33. Spinal poisons
  34. Cardiac poisons
  35. Asphyxiants (Irrespirable gases)
  36. Food poisoning


  • Exercise I             Medico-legal report
  • Exercise II            Post-mortem report
  • Exercise III          Age estimation
  • Exercise IV          Examination of accused in a sexual assault case
  • Exercise V           Medical examination of a sexual assaulted woman
  • Exercise VI          Medical examination for drunkenness

Book Review Dr Sanil Kumar M C MD(Hom)
Forensic Medicine and Toxicology,
Govt: Homoeopathic Medical College, Calicut. Kerala

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