Special Issue "New Trends in Forensic and Legal Medicine"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Forensic Medicine".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Mariano Cingolani
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Institute of Legal Medicine, Macerata, Italy
Interests: forensic pathology and anthropology; forensic toxicology; clinical legal medicine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this volume is to analyze the most promising lines of research that have been proposed in the various traditional sectors of forensic medicine (forensic pathology, forensic anthropology, forensic toxicology, forensic hemogenetics, forensic entomology, damage evaluation) and to explore what new fields of interest in the discipline may be for the future. In this last topic, attention will be focused on on the relationship between forensic medicine and clinical risk management, on the development prospects of an environmental forensic medicine, on the medicolegal implication of artificial intelligence, and on the development and consolidation of clinical forensic medicine, at the patient’s bed. This Special Issue invites works from leading researchers working on individual aspects of this topic.

Prof. Mariano Cingolani
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Forensic medicine
  • Clinical legal medicine

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Age Estimation Using the Cameriere Methods of Open Apices: A Meta-Analysis
Healthcare 2021, 9(2), 237; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9020237 - 23 Feb 2021
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Purpose: To evaluate the actual variability of the mean difference between chronological and dental age using the Cameriere method of open apices and to test its accuracy in variable age groups. Method: We selected studies that contained data about the mean, standard deviation, [...] Read more.
Purpose: To evaluate the actual variability of the mean difference between chronological and dental age using the Cameriere method of open apices and to test its accuracy in variable age groups. Method: We selected studies that contained data about the mean, standard deviation, and number of cases for chronological age, dental age and gender. We used a random-effects model. Statistical significance was estimated, at a p < 0.05, using prediction intervals. For the analysis of publication bias we used the funnel plot and Egger’s regression test for plot asymmetry. I2 was used to test the presence of heterogeneity between studies. The Z test was used to test for statistical differences between subgroups, with p < 0.05 being considered statistically significant. We also used 95% for confidence intervals and prediction intervals. Results: In boys, the average difference between chronological and dental age was 0.44 (0.26–0.63) years, while in girls the average difference between chronological and dental age was 0.34 (0.19–0.49) years. In the 6–7 years age group and in the 14–15 years age group, there was a statistically significant difference between dental and chronological age. Our study shows that the Cameriere method is useful for estimating the chronological age, with errors of less than one year. Conclusions: The Cameriere method of evaluating dental age using open apices is sufficiently accurate for forensic practice, at least in the 7–14 age-interval. Full article
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Take-Home Messages from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Strengths and Pitfalls of the Italian National Health Service from a Medico-Legal Point of View
Healthcare 2021, 9(1), 17; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9010017 - 25 Dec 2020
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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) infection a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of the end of October 2020, there were 50 million cases of infection and over one million deaths recorded worldwide, over 45,000 [...] Read more.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) infection a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of the end of October 2020, there were 50 million cases of infection and over one million deaths recorded worldwide, over 45,000 of which occurred in Italy. In Italy, the demand for intensive care over the course of this pandemic crisis has been exceptionally high, resulting in a severe imbalance between the demand for and availability of the necessary resources. This paper focuses on elements of preventive medicine and medical treatments in emergency and non-emergency situations which, based on the international scientific literature, may prove to be useful to physicians on a behavioral level and avert professional liability problems. In order to achieve this objective, we have performed a search on MEDLINE to find published articles related to the risks associated with the pandemic that contain useful suggestions and strategies for mitigating risks and protecting the safety of the population. The results have been collocated in line with these specific study areas. Full article
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