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/THE MEDICO-LEGAL ASPECTS OF WOUNDS
EXAMINATION OF THE INJURED PERSON
The medical officer is supplied by the Police Superintendent or the
Magistrate with the following printed form, the columns of which he is
required to fill in after examining the injured person :•—
Size of each
injury, whether cut, wound, bruise, burn, fracture or
injury in inches, that is, length, breadth and
On what part of the body inflicted.
Simple, grievous or dangerous.
By what weapon inflicted.
Whether the weapon was dangerous or not.
The medical officer should be very careful in filling in this form. First
of all he should write at the left-hand top corner of the form the name of
the injured person and the name and number of the police constable accom-
panying him and should note the mark or marks of identification to enable
him to recognize the injured person in court. He should then note the
exact time of the examination, viz. hour, date, month and year, and proceed
with the examination proper as below: —
Nature of Injury.—^dle describing the injuries in columns 1, 2 and 3
of the form he should carefully note their nature and number, the character
of their edges, their size as regards length, breadth and depthj the line of
direction and their situation. If necessary, he should use a magnifying" lens.
All the injuries should be measured with a tape-measure, and the exact
measurements in inches must be given; they should never be guessed-
While mentioning the exact situations a reference to some bony prominences
or anatomical landmarks should be made, as for example, so many inches
above or below the front or back of the left or right wrist, elbow, etc. In
describing these points technical terms must be avoided, as far as possible.
~\5£ojLind9 of the chest or abdomen ought not to be probed, lest they be
converted into penetrating wounds; but in doubtful cases, they may be
enlarged under proper precautions to find out the condition of the under-
lying bone or organ.
Simple, Grievous or Dangerous Injury.—In cokimn No. 4 it must be
mentioned whether the injury is simple, grievous or dangerous to life.
A simple or slight injury is one which is neither extensive nor serious,
and which heals rapidly without leaving any permanent deformity or
Qpw©.us injuries as described in section 320, LP.C., are as follows
1. Emasculation. 2. Permanent privation of the sight of ettbe*^
3. Permanent privation of the hearing of either ear. 4.
member or joint. 5. Destruction or permanent impairing of the
any member or joint. & Permanent disfiguration of the