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Not qualified to spot abuse prior to death

I do not think GPs are qualified to spot abuse that occurred prior to death, or that may even have caused death (News, March 15). There is nothing in our university curriculum that covers this wide-ranging topic.

Even if bruising or a puncture mark were spotted, we could draw no conclusion, and would have to involve a forensic pathologist and/or coroner.

If this subject is to be taken seriously then each death needs the scrutiny of a forensic pathologist however likely the cause or expected the demise.

Dr Susanna Timmins


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