Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine

by Howard C. Adelman
     
 

The forensic pathologist is a medical detective who investigates deaths that may be sudden, unexpected, unexplained, or violent. Using scene investigation and autopsy procedures, the forensic pathologist must answer the following four questions: 1. Who died (a question of identity)? 2. How and why did the death occur (a question of the cause of death)? 3. What were… See more details below

Overview

The forensic pathologist is a medical detective who investigates deaths that may be sudden, unexpected, unexplained, or violent. Using scene investigation and autopsy procedures, the forensic pathologist must answer the following four questions: 1. Who died (a question of identity)? 2. How and why did the death occur (a question of the cause of death)? 3. What were the circumstances that brought about the death (a question as to the manner of death)? 4. When did the death occur (a question of the time of death)?

This book is intended as an introduction to forensic medicine, which is also known as forensic pathology. Many of the medical terms used in this specialty are defined and basic physiologic processes are explained. Although basic in its presentation, many controversial issues are explored.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791089262
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Series:
Inside Forensic Science Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
713,634
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents


Pathology and the Forensic Pathologist     1
Establishing the Time of Death     13
Goals and Purpose of the Investigation     22
The Autopsy     28
Medical Examiner Cases     35
Sudden and Unexpected Deaths Due to Natural Causes     44
Asphyxia/Anoxic Deaths     50
Violent Deaths Through Physical Injury     58
Lawyers, the Media, and the Bizarre     74
Gray Areas and the Forensic Team     81
Glossary     87
Bibliography     94
Further Reading     96
Index     99

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