Forensic medicine or medical jurisprudence is the area of medical practice concerned with the relationship between medicine and the law. It is the branch of medical science that uses medical knowledge for legal purposes, to interpret or establish the acts in civil, family or criminal law cases. It involves integrating clinical experience and scientific evidence to formulate an independent, objective expert medical opinion on the degree of medical probability and certainty that the medical findings or absence thereof are consistent or not consistent with the allegations in the case. For example, a forensic physician may be helpful in interpreting injuries in cases of alleged physical and sexual trauma.
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