Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures

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Moving systematically from general definition to thorough explanation, Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures presents the field of death investigation, the coroners and medical examiners who practice it, and the goal of medical, legal, institutional, and privately requested investigations. This useful guide contains case studies of typical and atypical investigations, including mass disasters. With organized and accessible information, additional material provides coverage of death certificates, autopsy reports, exhumations, deaths in custody, criminal and civil law issues, and insurance. A special chapter discusses the procedures for investigating deaths occurring on federal land and Indian reservations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781420044751
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,362,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

General Aspects of Death Investigation

Why Know about Death Investigation?

What Is a Death Investigation?
Initial Collection of Information
Scene Investigation
Examination of the Body
Ancillary Investigations
Report Preparation

Basic Types of Death Investigation
Medicolegal Death Investigation
Institution-Based Death Investigation
Private Death Investigation

Public Health Death Investigations

Who Actually Performs Death Investigations?

The State and Local Nature of Medicolegal Death Investigation

Where Are Death Investigations Conducted?

How Death Investigations Are Funded

More on the People Who Investigate

Forensic Pathologists


Medical Examiners

Death Investigators

Who Controls the Scene of Death?

Forensic Scientists

Goals of Death Investigations

Basic Goals of Medicolegal Death Investigation

Goals of Institution-Based and Private Death Investigations

Examples of Death Investigations by Type

A Typical Institution-Based Death Investigation

A Typical Private Death Investigation

A Typical Medicolegal Death Investigation

Death Investigation: The Rake Analogy

Specific Features of Medicolegal Death Investigations

What Types of Deaths Are Reportable to the Medical Examiner or Coroner?

Examples of Medicolegal Death Investigation Systems

Types of Medicolegal Death Investigation by State

Special Circumstances

What about Mass Fatality Incidents?

Deaths on Indian Reservations or Federal Property

Other Death Investigation Topics

Who May Give Permission for an Autopsy?

The Autopsy Report

The Death Certificate


Death Investigation and Funeral Arrangements

Principles of Evidence

What Is an Expert?

What If You Disagree?

Death Investigation and Insurance Policies

Classic Dilemmas in Death Investigation

Professional Death Investigation Organizations

Access to Death Investigation Information

Pronouncement of Death

Deaths in Custody and Public Institutions

Criminal and Civil Law Issues

Sample Autopsy Report
Reason for Performing an Examination
Date and Time of Examination
Postmortem x-rays
Presentation, Clothing, and Personal Effects
Features of Identification
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Artifacts
Postmortem Changes
External Examination
Internal Examination
Chest and Abdomen
Cardiovascular System
Respiratory System
Gastrointestinal System
Hepatobiliary System
Urogenital System
Reticuloendothelial System
Musculoskeletal System
Endocrine System
Report of Histologic Sections
Other Procedures
Final Assessment
Clinical Information
Autopsy Findings

A Day at the Medical Examiner's Office
Further Reading
Useful Web Sites

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