Medical, veterinary and forensic biotechnological sciences
Study-unit Code
Cristiana Gambelunghe
  • Cristiana Gambelunghe
  • 52 ore - Cristiana Gambelunghe
Course Regulation
Coorte 2022
Learning activities
Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Obbligatorio (Required)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian - English
Criminal Legal Medicine
Thanatology and Forensic Pathology
Gender violence
Reference texts
At the choice of the student one of the following texts:
1) Cicognani et al. Medicina Legale- Esculapio Editore;
2) Tagliaro et al. Medicina Legale e Biotica, Piccin Editore
3)Merli et al. Medicinale Legale nelle professioni sanitarie, Esculapio Editore
4) Medicina Legale per la professione infermieristica Pisa University press
and in addition didactic material provided by the teacher
Educational objectives
- knowledge of the main activities of the coroner
- bases for tackling the analysis of the most interesting injuries in the field of forensic pathology
- Ability to participate, using the knowledge acquired in the course, in continuous updating initiatives in the professional field.
-. Knowledge and ability to critically evaluate the legislation in force regarding domestic and gender-based violence
It is important for the student to have acquired over the previous teachings, independent judgment, communication abilities and study methodology.
Anatomy and general pathology knowledge.
Teaching methods
The course consists in illustrating the issues pertaining to the subject in the form of lectures in the classroom, with the support of a video presentation and slides. Theoretical/practical lessons are also provided at the Toxicology and Forensic Pathology Laboratory
Other information

Learning verification modality
The Learning assessment is located at the end of the semester, in the form of an oral examination (interview teacher-student), exclusively on the topics covered during the course. During the interview the teacher checks the student's ability to frame the argument proposed by the legal point of view and then to address the specific issues of professional interest. The examination will test the student's ability to communicate what they have learned with method, properties of language and exposure. The duration of the test varies depending on the performance of the test itself

Students with disabilities and/or DSA are invited/e to visit the page dedicated to the tools and measures provided and to agree in advance with the teacher (https://www.unipg.it/disab-e-dsa)".
Extended program
Concepts of criminal law of medico-legal importance: The crime, the material causal relationship, imputability
Crimes against life, infanticide and feticide
Crimes against individual safety, injuries, beatings, vehicular homicide and vehicular personal injuries, deformation and permanent disfigurement of the face
Gender-based violence: Definition, law of contrast, female genital mutilation, stalking, femicide, sexual violence
The judicial inspection:
•definition and purposes
• planimetric, photographic, descriptive surveys in open and closed places with reference to particular cases (fatal traffic accidents, suicide by precipitation and by hanging, fire, sexual violence)
•analysis of biological and non-biological traces, with reference to the main detection techniques
•role and activity of the coroner during the inspection
•definition and purposes
• the phenomenon of death
• ascertainment of death and related legislation
•residual life phenomena and abiotic, transformative, destructive and special cadaveric phenomena
• anatomical bases for a correct execution of the external cadaveric examination
•judicial autopsy and diagnostic confirmation
Forensic pathology:
•definition and purposes
• stab wounds
• blunt force injuries
•gunshot injuries
•major traumatisms
• injury from road accidents
•electrical injuries
• injuries from thermal causes and radiant energy
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