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Postmortem: Establishing the Cause of Death

by Steven Koehler
 

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How forensic professionals determine the cause of an unnatural or violent death.

Just how realistic are the autopsy scenes in television's CSI? Using full-color photographs and detailed illustrations, Postmortem provides an exhaustive exposé of what really goes on in the autopsy room. The authors draw on 20 real-life case studies to

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How forensic professionals determine the cause of an unnatural or violent death.

Just how realistic are the autopsy scenes in television's CSI? Using full-color photographs and detailed illustrations, Postmortem provides an exhaustive exposé of what really goes on in the autopsy room. The authors draw on 20 real-life case studies to describe the postmortem team of experts, the procedures they perform and the ways in which evidence is collected and interpreted. There are profiles of all the experts involved, including the scene photographer, the ballistics expert and the forensic toxicologist.

The entire postmortem process is described in step-by-step detail, from photographing the body to weighing the organs and testing body fluids and tissue samples. Postmortem takes the reader on a fascinating journey to the truth that covers:

  • The death scene investigation
  • Determination of identity
  • Autopsy room protocol
  • Determination of the cause and manner of death
  • The external examination
  • The internal examination

The case studies cited highlight extraordinary real-life situations, including death scenes that challenged investigators, botched autopsies, and initial examinations that puzzled pathologists and led them down the wrong path.

Postmortem is a gripping story, perfect for true crime and forensics buffs.

Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Legal Medicine, 28:429-436 - Kent E. Harshbarger
A unique and enlightening look at forensic pathology... Recommended to those readers interested in a well-organized introduction into the process and mechanics of death investigation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554072200
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Steven A Koehler, MPh, PhD, is head of the Forensic Epidemiological Department at the Allegheny County Coroners Office in Pennsylvania. He teaches epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Cyril H. Wecht, MD, JD, is one of the leading forensic pathologists in the United States. He is the author of several cutting-edge forensic books, including Grave Secrets and the highly successful Crime Scene Investigation, and has frequently appeared on television.

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