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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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The value of performing molecular autopsies to resolve forensic cases of SUD that would otherwise have remained undetermined is well documented.
Right now, autopsies are conducted by any doctor A[degrees]-- and by male doctors mostly -- in the absence of any specific rules.
But, however used you get to autopsies, you do get shaken up when you have a kid on the table.
"I have no order to stop the autopsies," said Aguirre in a text message.
Clinical-pathologic correlation is key in all hospital autopsies, and we consider it our duty to identify any discrepancies between diagnoses before and after death.
Clinicopathologic analysis of organizing pneumonia in elderly Autopsies. Zhonghua Bing li xuezazhi Chinese Journal of Pathology.
In court briefings, lawyers representing Christus Health argued Carswell's case fell under the Texas Medical Liability Act, which defines the nebulous term "health care" broadly enough to include autopsies. Christus Health appealed the case to the Supreme Court, although it sold Christus St.
Results: Ante mortem diagnosis confirmed as correct on total of 25/72 Autopsies. Clinically missed / wrong diagnosis was found on 47/72 autopsies.
In response, Minnesota Senator Tony Lourey (D) introduced a bill to allow families to object to autopsies on religious grounds, but let judges order them to be performed in a minimally intrusive manner when there was "compelling state interest."
This attitude gained credibility with physicians, and especially pathologists who were sick of performing autopsies. (They never got paid for them, and there has never been any third-party reimbursement for autopsies.) Even the most careful and thorough pathologist may slice a liver every inch or so, but a high-resolution CT study can slice that liver every few millimeters.
We are delighted to have signed the agreement with Sandwell Council, a forward-thinking local authority, to bring digital autopsies to the West Midlands."
In Feliz, autopsy reports were introduced against the defendant as business records through the testimony of an employee of the OCME who did not conduct the autopsies. Id.