School of Forensic Medicine
West China University of Medical Sciences
 
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Introduction of Forensic Medicine
    The aim of the course is to introduce the nature, task£¬ range and subjects of forensic medicine, to introduce the branches of forensic medicine and the relationship to the law.
The history and development of forensic medicine in China are introduced as well as in the world. It affords the medical evidence for the justice, such as brain death, euthanasia and organ transplantation according to the civil and criminal law of the countries. To
introduce the basic principle and method of forensic medicine, such as determination of the cause of death, the time of death, manner of death are concerned. The course involved in
the edition principles of the protocols based on the scientific and the facts.
    The teaching includes lecture and some visual video materials.
Criminal Science and Technology
    This course introduces the outline of criminal science and technology, including the principles of inspection for a criminal scene, the analysis of mark in a criminal scene,
the photography for criminal scene and the examination of documents. This period will
enable the students to understand the principles and methods of inspection for a criminal scene and how to examine and record all kinds of mark and how to find the physical
evidences. 
    The teaching includes lectures, discussion of the cases and visual video materials.
Special English of forensic medicine
    The aim of teaching this course is training the students to obtain the ability of
reading the special English text and the articles of forensic medicine from the
literatures. This School of Forensic Medicine in WCUMS is the only one school which opens
this course in our country. So far, no other School of Forensic Medicine opens this course.
    According to the lecture hours given by our university, some major chapters were
selected from the book of ¡¶Introduction of Forensic Science¡·and ¡¶Practical Forensic Pathology¡·. They are: the history and development of legal medicine, introduction to
forensic sciences, serology and immunology, forensic psychiatry, forensic pathology, the medicolegal autopsy and blood group immunogenetics. Teaching includes lectures
supplemented with introducing with some interest cases of forensic pathology and forensic serology and immunology.
Forensic Toxicological Analysis
    This course introduces basic principle and methods of toxicological analysis. It is designed to provide the characteristics of toxicological analysis, the procedure, a survey
of analytical method. It also includes volatile poison, nonvolatile poison, pesticide, rodenticide and mental poison and so on. especially their kinds, sources, physical and chemical property, absorption, distribution, metabolism, the principle and method of their isolation and purification apart from various matrices. It also deals with their detection
and determination by chemical reaction, spectrophotometry and chromatography. especially
their principle, method, condition and effects. It also includes how to precede poisoning case, collect samples and scientifically assay the results. Teaching includes lectures, laboratory sessions, and experimental analysis demonstration. Apart from the core
curriculum, there are selective courses in pharmaceutical analysis, equipment analysis and forensic toxicology. 
Forensic Pathology
    This course is based on Pathology and designed specially for the students who major
in the Forensic Medicine. It includes the examination of cadaver at the scene of death, 
the investigation of death and post-mortem changes, the determination of the time since
death,the mechanical injury and its identification, the differentiation of trauma and
disease, asphyxia, burns and scalds, electrical fatalities, and sudden death.
    The teachings include lectures, laboratory demonstrations and the performs of autopsy
with video materials. 
Forensic Toxicology
    This course is designed with principles and method of toxicology to study and dissolve
the problem of poisons concerned with legal events. The course includes evaluating poisons
as a cause or a contribution to death. The way, the clinical symptoms, the toxic and fatal levels of the poisoning are concerned as well as the nature, the mechanism and the
pathologic changes of the poisoning death. The main task of the course is to teach the students to exclude or confirm the toxic factors in the death, to collect suitable samples
for analysis, when the laboratory results are available, to interpret them in the light of
his knowledge of the history, clinical features and autopsy appearances. 
    The teaching includes lectures, laboratory demonstration, animal experiments and
autopsy. 
Clinical Forensic Medicine
    This curriculum is based on clinical Medicine and designed specially for the students
to study the forensic medicine. The aim of this course will enable the students to grasp
the principles of clinical forensic medicine and to acquire methods, techniques of the evaluation of non-fatal injuries. It includes assessment of injuries severity, disability evaluation of work-related injuries, road traffic trauma. Medical malpractice, child and
elder abuse as well as rape and sexual assault are concerned. Factitious and simulation disease, post-traumatic neurosis and general health assessment are involved.
    The teaching includes lectures, discussion of the cases, laboratory demonstration and visual video materials.
Forensic Biology
    This course is designed to understand the principles and methods of the individual identification and the paternity study with human genetic markers. The course introduces
the conception of genetic analysis for forensic medicine, the human genetic markers and 
the approach to typing, including blood group, HLA, isoenzymes in red blood cells, serum protein polymorphism, DNA fingerprinting, DNA profiling and Amp-FLP. This period will
enable the students to develop their abilities to interpret laboratory results for the individual identification and the paternity study using the principle of forensic biology. 
    The teaching includes lectures, discussion of the cases, laboratory demonstration and visual video materials.

Biological Stain Analysis
This course is designed to teach the examination of biological stains and human tissue
remains for forensic medicine, and is based upon pre-clinical studies in biology, human genetics, immunology, statistics, biochemistry and molecular biology, etc. The course introduces the methods of laboratory investigation, which are used to analyze the 
bloodstains, semen stains, saliva stains, mixture stains and tissue remains. The course explains the principle of the individual identification based on laboratory results. 
The teaching includes lectures, laboratory demonstration and discussion of the cases.
 
 
 

Forensic Anthropology
    This course is designed to understand the principles and methods of identification of human skeleton and tooth. This period will enable the students to develop their abilities
to interpret the results for the individual identification with anthropological methods, including identification of skeleton, species identification of the skeleton, sex determination of the skeleton, estimation of age of the skeleton and estimation of the 
high of the body.
     The teaching includes lectures, discussion of the cases, laboratory demonstration and visual video materials.
 
 
 
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