Original Article


How to cite: Silva TR. Chronothanatognosis illustrated: Medical illustration applied to the teaching of forensic medicine. Persp Med Legal Pericias Med. 2021; 6: e210814.


Submitted 01/07/2021
Accepted 04/17/2021

The author informs no conflict of interest.

Thiago Roberto da Silva (1)


(1) Hospital Psiquiátrico Santa Maria, Belo Horizonte – MG, Brasil.

E-mail: thiagorobertobh@gmail.com


One of the greatest difficulties in teaching forensic medicine, considering the study of chronothanatognosis, is to procure images that portray the cadaverous phenomena in a didactic way and allow the sequencial understanding of transformative processes. Most of the photographs used in legal medicine, more specifically on the subject of thanatology, are of human corpses, which may be subject to logistical and ethical-legal barriers. Thus, it is necessary to build a collection of medical illustrations applied to forensic sciences, updated and customized, as available to other medical specialties. In the present study, the following images were created by the author himself, using digital and watercolor illustration techniques as the main methodology, with an emphasis on vivid and contrasting colors, in order to seek an intermediate path between realism and didactic simplification for representation of the post-mortem changes.

Keywords: thanatology, forensic thanatology, medical education, medical illustration.

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