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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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I have no order to stop the autopsies," said Aguirre in a text message.
Autopsies are important in clinical medicine as they can identify medical errors and assist in continuous improvement in medicare.
Amish, Hmong, Muslims and some Orthodox Jews also object to invasive autopsies.
It never was a revenue producer for anybody, except malpractice attorneys, and most of the autopsies performed today have medico-legal overtones.
Methods: Descriptive cross-sectional study of autopsies conducted at the mortuaries of Civil Hospital Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital between March 1, 2008 and February 28, 2009.
Although an earlier study measured unexplained deaths and critical illnesses (4), the demographic characteristics and clinicopathologic syndromes of persons whose deaths are unexplained who undergo autopsies have not been described.
Imaging findings for autopsied and non-autopsied cases; autopsies were performed on 121 cases; 71 cases were not autopsied.
Autopsies (from the Greek word autopsia, meaning 'to see with one's own eyes'), have been performed for centuries, in one form or the other, to learn about the form and inner workings of the human body and to ascertain the cause of death in deceased individuals.
After the scans were completed, pathologists performed traditional autopsies.
Attorney's Office that he plans to release the autopsies on Monday.
Coroners should abandon "production line" autopsies and order external examinations instead, they wrote in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.
The assessment, published by the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of the Victims of Violence, says that the reports - which both found that 28-year-old Saied died as a result of asphyxiating on a plastic wrap of marijuana - did not comply with the minimum international standards for forensic autopsies.