Legal medicine has evolved as a specialty area in medicine (rather than law) and relates to the application of medical expertise to the administration of the law.1
This article forms part of our ‘Paperwork’ series for 2011, providing information about a range
of paperwork that general practitioners complete regularly. The aim of the series is to provide
information on the purpose of the paperwork, and hints on how to complete it accurately. This
will allow the GP to be more efficient and the patient to have an accurately completed piece of
paperwork for the purpose required.
Legal medicine often requires the provision of a report by the general
practitioner. This may be either as the treating doctor or as the
expert witness providing peer evaluation of a colleague, or to assess
professional standards and/or delivery of health services. This article
reviews the process and obligations attached to the provision of such
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