Forensic Autopsy: A Handbook and Atlas / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $37.20
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $37.20   
  • New (4) from $170.43   
  • Used (3) from $37.20   


All too often, forensic pathologists perform autopsies that are limited only to the body parts that are suspect, leading to biased and inaccurate results. A correct diagnosis for cause of death can only be reached by a strict and systematic examination of the whole body. Providing a step-by-step, photo-assisted guide to complete autopsy procedures, Forensic Autopsy: A Handbook and Atlas commands the field in offering the most advanced and complete resource of its kind. Packed with more color photos than any other leading autopsy reference, this volume explores:
• External cadaver examination
• Organ removal methods
• Laboratory procedures
• Microscopy applications
• New imaging techniques
• Pediatric and fetal autopsy
• Pre- and postautopsy procedures
• Genetic disease and DNA diagnosis Autopsy protocol for the examination of the vertebral artery From macroscopic to microscopic approaches, this volume provides detailed guidelines for performance of autopsy on every part of the human body. Using these standardized protocols and with the proper knowledge, training, and experience, pathologists can develop the skill needed to become experts in their field

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" … extremely useful to radiologists."
— Adriano Fileni, Presidente Sezione Etica e Radiologia Forense, in Radiol Med
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439800645
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/22/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 161
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Vittorio Fineschi and Cristoforo Pomara are with the Department of Forensic Pathology at the University of Foggia, Italy. Steven B. Karch is a Consultant Pathologist and Toxicologist based in Berkeley, California.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

A Methodological Approach to the External Examination, S. D’Errico
Sex, Race, and Age
Height and Weight
Time of Death Indicators
General Recommendations
Head Examination
Neck Examination
Chest Examination
Abdomen Examination
Shoulder and Upper Extremities
Lower Extremities and External Genitalia
Dorsal and Lumbar Regions

The Autopsy, C. Pomara, S. B. Karch, and V. Fineschi
Adult Autopsy
Primary Incision of the Soft Tissues of the Thoracic–Abdominal Wall
Access to the Thoracic Cavity
Evisceration According to Virchow’s Technique
Access to the Neck Region
Evisceration According to Ghon’s Technique (En Bloc)
Access to the Face
Access to the Abdominal Cavity
The Letulle Technique: En Masse Removal
The Virchow Technique
Dissection of the Head
Removal of the Brain
Vertebral Resection and Cord Removal
Arm Dissection
Leg Dissection
Macroscopic Examination and Resection of the Resected Organs

Pediatric and Fetal Autopsies, I. Riezzo
The External Examination
Removal of the Brain
Access to the Chest
Evisceration Methods
Examination of the Placenta
Histological Sections

Laboratory Technologies and Methodologies, F. Bucchieri, F. Rappa, and F. Cappello
Specimen Collection Techniques
Inclusion Technique
Frozen Sections
Embedding Methods: Paraffin
Other Embedding Media
General Staining Procedures
Histochemical Stainings
Mounting Procedures

Beyond and Together with Autopsy Techniques: Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy in Forensic Medicine, M. Neri

Postmortem Radiology and Digital Imaging, S. D’Errico, V. G. Guglielmi, and C. Pomara
Computed Tomography and "Virtopsy"
Magnetic Nuclear Resonance (MNR) Imaging

Genetic Disease and DNA Diagnosis, C. Pomara, S. B. Karch, and V. Fineschi
Sudden Cardiac Death and Genetic Disease
Diagnostic Techniques
The Future of Large-Scale Screening Techniques

Autopsy Protocol for the Examination of the V3–V4 Segments of the Vertebral Artery: The Introna-Corrado Method, F. Introna and S. Corrado


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)