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Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy

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This expert volume in the Diagnostic Pathology series is an excellent point-of-care resource for practitioners at all levels of experience and training. Specifically designed to assist hospital pathologists and assistants, forensic pathology fellows, pathology residents, and medical examiners, it provides a comprehensive, authoritative discussion of key topics in forensic autopsy. Richly illustrated and easy to use, Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy is a one-stop reference on the performance of procedures in this challenging field, ideal as a day-to-day reference or as a reliable training resource.

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Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy 1e

Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD and Rhome Hughes, MD, MS

Introduction to Forensic Autopsy

Hospital vs. Forensic Autopsy Overview

History of Forensic Autopsy

Death Investigation: Systems and Persons

PreAutopsy Considerations

Report of Deaths

Scene Investigations

Medical Record Review

Examination Types

External Examination




Clothing and Personal Effects

Medical Intervention

Postmortem Changes

External Examination of the Body

Evidence of Injury

Internal Examination

Overview of External Examination

Cardiovascular System

Respiratory System

Hepatobiliary System

Gastrointestinal System

Genitourinary System

Endocrine System

Hematopoietic System


Head and Central Nervous System


Blunt Force Injuries Overview

Findings in Traumatic Brain Injury

Patterned Injuries

Transportation-Related Deaths

Penetrating Injuries Overview

Gunshot Wounds

Sharp Force Wounds

Drug-Related Deaths

Thermal Injuries

Thermal Injuries

Asphyxial Deaths

Carbon Monoxide Deaths


Environmental Exposure


Animal Predation

Pediatric Deaths

Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Infants

Accidental Deaths

Nonaccidental Injuries in Infants and Children


Sudden Natural Deaths

Cardiovascular Disease

The Negative Autopsy

Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood

Sudden and Unexpected Death in Adults

Seizure-Related Deaths

Pregnancy-Associated Deaths

Deaths Associated with Medical Procedures

Chronic Ethanol Abuse

Miscellaneous Sudden Natural Deaths

Special Topics

In-Custody Deaths

Excited Delirium Syndrome

Starvation and Neglect

Sexual Assault

Acute Psychiatric and Stress-Related Deaths

Seratonin Syndrome and Other Drug-Induced Disorders

Ancillary Procedures

Special Dissections

Forensic Anthropology

Toxicology Testing

Microbiology Testing



Interpretive Toxicology

Alcohol Metabolism and Testing


Methamphetamine and Amphetamine

Heroin and Morphine

Prescription Opiates/Opiods



Ethylene Glycol

Non-Ethanol Volatiles


Heavy Metals


The Autopsy Report and The Death Certificate

Manner of Death

Cause of Death

Manner of Death; NAME Guidelines

The Autopsy Report

The Death Certificate

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