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‘Medical terms too complex,use diagram to show injuries’

A Sessions Court at the Tis Hazari Courts Complex has directed the city’s doctors to make use of charts depicting the human body while giving medical evidence so that it can be understood easily by the judges and the police.

Written by Jayant Sriram | New Delhi |
December 12, 2011 1:37:12 am

A Sessions Court at the Tis Hazari Courts Complex has directed the city’s doctors to make use of charts depicting the human body while giving medical evidence so that it can be understood easily by the judges and the police. Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar noted that though such pictorial diagrams are available at the back of medico-legal reports,they are seldom used by doctors who often only describe the injuries in technical terms.

“These pictorial diagrams are helpful for all concerned,including the investigating officer and the court as the recording of seat of injuries in these pictorial diagrams explains the injuries observed by the doctor on different parts of the body,in a simple way,” the judge noted while passing an order.

The court was hearing a criminal appeal on the sentence of one Ganesh Ram,a truck driver who had caused the deaths of three persons due to rash and negligent driving. While upholding his sentence,the judge noted that the doctor who conducts medical examination on the persons of the injured are required to depict the exact spots,at which the injuries are present. This would make it easier for both the court and investigating officers to understand if the injuries are life-threatening or not. However,the court noted that doctors generally do not follow this practice.

“Generally,it has been noticed that in these pictorial diagrams,the seats of injuries are not being depicted by doctors. As a result,it becomes difficult to appreciate as to on which part of the body exactly,the injury was observed by the doctor at the time of medico-legal examination or autopsy,” the judge said.

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The court said the importance of these diagrams had also been acknowledged in Modi’s Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology,a book that has guided medico-legal practice in India since its publication in 1920. “The actual recording of the road accident cases — living or dead — can be simplified by noting various details in appropriate places on a front and back diagram of the human body showing the skeletal parts,” the author writes.

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