Dr. Anu Sasidharan currently serves as Associate Professor at the Department of Forensic Medicine, School of Medicine, Kochi.


Publication Type: Journal Article

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Journal Article

A. Sasidharan, John, A., and Prof. K. R. Sundaram, “Comparison of knowledge, attitude and practice FF self-learning among different levels of faculty members”, Journal of South India Medicolegal Association, vol. 9, pp. 18-25, 2017.[Abstract]

The teaching methodologies in medical colleges can be tilted towards teacher centric or learner centric kind of approach. Recently Medical Council of India has been mandating revised faculty training programmes and one of the objectives of such training programmes is to promote a learner-centred approach. Self-Learning is the vital component of a learner-centred approach in medical education. Through self-learning the learners assume responsibility for their learning thereby facilitating adult learning. However till date, there is no published literature on the existing knowledge, attitude and practice of self-learning among faculty members of a medical college. Unless the existing scenario is clear, it is not possible to decide on the emphasis of self-learning in the revised faculty training programmes across the country. Moreover unless the faculty members are trained adequately, it is near to impossible to promote self-learning in the learners. This pilot research work was chosen as a beginning to determine this gap of knowledge of existing scenario amongst the faculty members in medical colleges. 30 junior level and 30 senior level faculty members voluntarily participated in this study that lasted six months. The results have shown that the attitude and practice of self-learning in faculty members, especially juniors were disappointing and it is high time for research works relating to medical education to be taken up involving faculty members in order to understand the pitfalls in the existing system. © 2017 South India Medico-Legal Association. All rights reserved.

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A. Sasidharan and Kumar, D., “An Unfortunate Infant: A Case Report”, The Indian Police Journal, vol. 64, no. 1, 2017.[Abstract]

The importance of a medico-legal case doesn't end by the conclusion of the autopsy examination. Medico-legal cases are unique and there are some important 'take home messages' to be taken from each case into the society for the benefit of the common man. Careful observations and inquisitive thinking can bring forth interesting as well as educative lessons. These lessons should be imbibed in the most effective manner not only by the doctors, police officers and judiciary but also by the society as a whole. We hereby present a case report of an infant who died due to injuries sustained to her head in the most unfortunate manner. We have presented the various medico-legal aspects and extenuating circumstances that are surrounding this case in adjunction with the existing literature. Thereby in this case scenario some light has been thrown upon those 'hard truths' that are commonly overlooked, in order to bring out the grey areas and moot points that can be involved in similar situations.

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B. James and Sasidharan, A., “Cut Throat Injuries – Three Case Scenarios”, Journal of South India Medicolegal Association , vol. 7, pp. 36-39, 2015.


Journal Article

A. Sasidharan, “Forensic taphonomy: An overview”, Journal of South India Medicolegal Association, vol. 4, pp. 19-27, 2012.[Abstract]

Various taphonomic processes are responsible for the changes in a carcass. At present, late postmortem changes such as bloating, blister formation, colliquative putrefaction (qualitative variables) are utilised for estimation of time since death / postmortem interval in cases of advanced putrefaction. Due to seasonal / geographical variations there is gross difference of opinion in estimation of such postmortem intervals. These late postmortem changes can be converted to a scoring system (quantitative factors) called Total Body Score (TBS). A very recent concept called Accumulated Degree Days (ADD) measures temperature units accumulated into a carcass over a material time. TBS obtained is incorporated into ADD to estimate the postmortem interval more accurately. © 2012 South India Medico-Legal Association. All rights reserved.

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