Autopsies

Autopsies

by Geoff Symon

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945043154
Publisher: Evil Mastermind, LLC
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Series: Forensics for Fiction
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 267,206
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xiii

Chapter 1: Introduction 1

  • History 4
  • Coroners vs. Medical Examiners 8

Chapter 2: Autopsy Basics 15

  • The Body’s Journey 16
  • Forensic Autopsy 17
    • Purposes of a Forensic Autopsy 18
    • Remains Identification 28
    • Final Medical Examinations 34


  • Clinical Autopsy 35
  • Psychological Autopsy 37
  • Second Autopsy 39
  • Reports 41

Case Study 1: Ryan Jenkins – Implanted Evidence 45

Chapter 3: The Autopsy – External Examination 53

  • Vocabulary 54
  • Personal Protective Equipment 57
  • The Autopsy 57
  • Intake 58
  • Radiology 62
  • Odontology 63
  • Anthropology 65
  • Entomology 67
  • External Examination 68

Chapter 4: The Autopsy – Internal Examination 71

  • Gaining Access 71
  • Organs 77
  • Head Dissection 88
  • Closing Up 94
  • Lab Work 96
  • Autopsy Report 99

Case Study 2: Beverley Allitt – False Angel 101

Chapter 5: Decomposition 111

  • Environmental Variables 112
  • Autolysis and Putrefaction 113
  • Saponification 118
  • Mummification 119
  • Bog Bodies 120
  • Skeletonization 121

Chapter 6: Time-of-Death Determinations 123

  • Witness Window 124
  • Decompositional Changes 125
    • Livor Mortis 126
    • Rigor Mortis 130
    • Algor Mortis 135
    • Potassium Release 138


  • Stomach Contents 139
  • Entomology 140

Chapter 7: Writing Your Autopsy 145

  • The Body’s Basic Interrogatory Menu 146
  • Autopsy by Genre 151
  • Considerations for Fictional Autopsies 158
    • Spatial Awareness 159
    • Bloody Mess 160
    • Glamour Shots 160
    • Tick Tock, Doc 161
    • Come to Odor 161
    • Bug Out 163
    • Secret Identity 164
    • No Body is Nobody 165


  • Quick References 166
  • Closing Thoughts 172

Glossary 175

Bibliography 193

Index 195

About the Author 201

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