DENT5653 Forensic Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is part of the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology and is taken in conjunction with DENT5654 Forensic Pathology. It provides an overview of the history of forensic odontology, protocols of the mortuary and crime scene, the medico-legal autopsy, post-mortem changes, the significance of saliva, semen, cytology and DNA fingerprinting, non-biological methods of identification, the biodynamics of craniofacial injuries, disaster victim identification (DVI), physical anthropology investigation and forensic photography. The unit emphasises the medical and scientific aspects of these topics.
Students are able to (1) understand the process of the medico-legal autopsy; (2) understand and apply the protocols for collection of specimens for forensic examination; (3) evaluate craniofacial injuries; (4) determine the ethnicity, gender and age of victims using anthropological techniques; (5) demonstrate advanced skills in DVI; and (6) demonstrate advanced skills in forensic dental examinations.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment work; (2) one written examination (1.5 hours); and (3) viva voce examination (45 minutes). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Knott
Unit rules
Bachelor of Dental Science from this University
equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and at least two years' experience in the practice of general dentistry
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology (91350)
DENT5654 Forensic Pathology
Approved quota: 2
Contact hours
lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work: 60–70 hours according to mortuary casework and court attendance

Andreasen, J. O., et al. eds. Textbook and Color Atlas of Traumatic Injuries to the Teeth, 4th edn: Blackwell Publishing 2007

Bowers C. M. and Bell G. L., eds. Manual of Forensic Odontology, 3rd edn: American Society of Forensic Odontology 1997

Berkovitz, B. K. B. et al. A Colour Atlas and Textbook of Oral Anatomy: Wolfe Medical Publications 1978

Cameron, D., ed. Practical Forensic Odontology: Reed International Books 1992

Colyer, J. F. John Hunter and Odontology: Claudius Ash 1913

Gustafson, G. Forensic Odontology: Staples Press 1966

Keiser-Nielson, S. Person Identification by Means of the Teeth: a Practical Guide: J. Wright 1980

Luntz, L. L. and Luntz, P. Handbook for Dental Identification: Techniques in Forensic Dentistry: Lippincott 1973

Rogers, S. L. The Testimony of Teeth: Forensic Aspects of Human Dentition: C. C. Thomas 1988

Scott, J. H. and Dixon, A. D. Anatomy for Students of Dentistry, 2nd edn: Livingstone Press 1966

Standish, M. S. and Stimson, P. G., eds. Symposium on Forensic Dentistry: Legal Obligations and Methods of Identification for the Practitioner: Saunders 1977

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