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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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They subsequently had her remains exhumed for a fresh post-mortem, seeking the help of UK experts who concluded that the cause of death was strangulation.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Larkana district president Abdul Fatah Bhutto arrived at the hospital and got the post-mortem examination done.
They accused that the lady doctor with the connivance of someone mentioned in the post-mortem report that the child was not sexually abused while she was nor killed neither she was sexually abused.
We are aware that one of the barriers to carrying out post-mortem examinations is the time and logistics to transport an animal to the nearest SAC Consulting disease surveillance centre.
Dr McGregor said that the LRI dealt with more than 5,500 bodies every year and between 1,800 and 2,000 post-mortem examinations over the same period.
When Hardoi CMO P N Chaturvedi was asked about the deplorable state, he, too, confirmed that the employees had been sleeping in the post-mortem house.
Mayar said that according to the post-mortem report it is clear the girl was raped before being strangled to death.
Dr Patel was found guilty of serious misconduct and suspended for four months over his post-mortem examination reports in 2002 into the death of a victim of so-called "Camden Ripper" Anthony Hardy.
A spokeswoman for Lancashire Constabulary said: "A post-mortem examination carried out on the 56-year-old victim has given her cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.
Paul Struthers, head of communications for the British Horseracing Authority, said: "We can confirm that we will not be in a position to announce the results of the post-mortem examinations today (Monday).
The judge agreed to the request and a new date for the post-mortem will be announced in few days.
A General Medical Council disciplinary panel ruled that Dr Freddy Patel acted in a way that amounted to misconduct during two earlier post-mortem examinations and his fitness to practise is impaired.