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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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In the research phase of the National Suicide Prevention Project, all suicides (N = 1,397) committed in Finland between April 1, 1987, and March 31, 1988, were comprehensively analyzed using the psychological autopsy method (Clark & Horton-Deutsch, 1992; Litman et al.
This has been established by the psychological autopsy assessment report made by forensic psychology division of the central forensic science laboratory, CBI.
Much less widely known is that BPD has been systematically excluded from most psychological autopsy studies because of the ranking system used.
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The chapters also provide overviews of psychological profiling, investigative hypnosis, psychological autopsy, and response strategies to critical incidents.
There has been a tremendous amount of progress in recent years, largely from case-controlled, psychological autopsy studies, which have revealed an evidence base that I think provides a firm foundation for us to design preventive interventions," said Dr.

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