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Forensic Sci Int. 2015 Dec;257:e38-e43. doi: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.08.026. Epub 2015 Sep 7.

Complexity and forensic pathology.

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Wales Institute of Forensic Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, Wales CF14 4XN, UK. Electronic address: jonesrm11@cardiff.ac.uk.

Abstract

It has become increasingly apparent that nonlinearity and complexity are the norm in human physiological systems, the relevance of which is informing an enhanced understanding of basic pathological processes such as inflammation, the host response to severe trauma, and critical illness. This article will explore how an understanding of nonlinear systems and complexity might inform the study of the pathophysiology of deaths of medicolegal interest, and how 'complexity thinking' might usefully be incorporated into modern forensic medicine and forensic pathology research, education and practice.

KEYWORDS:

Chaos; Complexity; Forensic medicine; Forensic pathology; Nonlinear; Pathophysiology

PMID:
26372537
DOI:
10.1016/j.forsciint.2015.08.026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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