Discipline of Forensic Medicine

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Welcome to the discipline of Forensic Medicine

The Forensic Medicine offices and the histopathology laboratory are physically located at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. The Student Co-ordinator is located at the Medical School (719 Umbilo Road, Room 145 within the School of LMMS), Durban.

Autopsy and medico-legal services for the Greater Durban area and consultative services to the whole of the KZN region are provided. Autopsy work is performed at mortuaries run by the Department of Health and our staff are either University and/or Provincial Health employees and do not work for the police, as is a common misconception.

The range of cases investigated includes road traffic fatalities, suicides, accidents at home and at work, homicides and sudden natural deaths as well as in-hospital deaths under anaesthesia and other unexpected hospital deaths. The range of analyses performed upon these cases is extremely wide and dictated by the specific case problems. We undertake our own histological, radiological, neuropathological and anthropometric studies. Tests for forensic odontology, serology, toxicology, ballistic studies, etc. are referred to appropriate experts. 

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