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The dissection of a dead body by a medical examiner or physician authorized by law to do so in order to determine the cause and time of a death that appears to have resulted from other than natural causes.

This postmortem examination, required by law, is ordered by the local Coroner when a person is suspected to have died by violent or unnatural means. The consent of the decedent's next of kin is not necessary for an authorized autopsy to be held. The medical findings must be presented at an inquest and might be used as evidence in a police investigation and a subsequent criminal prosecution.


Forensic Science.


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Differences between children and adolescents who commit suicide and their peers: A psychological autopsy of suicide victims compared to accident victims and a community sample.
Suicidal risk factors and completed suicide: meta-analyses based on psychological autopsy studies.
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In a psychological autopsy study in the city of Chandigarh, 70% of the identified suicide decedents were from an urban background, 10% were from rural areas, and 20% from suburban areas.
1991, Suicide in later life: psychological autopsy findings, International Psychogeriatrics, 3, 59-66.
AAS will examine existing Marine Corps and Department of Defense data, and will gather additional data using the psychological autopsy interview - a gold-standard method for suicide investigation.
Sex and ethnic differences among South Tirolean suicides: a psychological autopsy study.
Police Lieutenant Amy Tang asks Doctor Jo Beckett to run a psychological autopsy on the dead singer to discover her state of mind in the days before her death.
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And Frost performed a psychological autopsy on Nixon that still resonates today.
Also included are new chapters on special education, cultural competence, youth violence, psychiatric malpractice and professional liability, and psychological autopsy, and a newly written chapter on the Internet.

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