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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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3) However, electronic medical records now make possible large-scale analyses of clinical and pathologic autopsy data in ways not previously available.
The availability, training, and resources of investigators of unexplained natural deaths differ among institutions and jurisdictions and might account for differences in autopsy performance, testing capabilities, and reporting of autopsy data (12,36).
However, in this analysis, to what extent autopsy data were used in the classification of cause of death could not be determined.
They cite autopsy data showing that mercury levels in the brain are about twice as high in people who have had amalgam fillings for many years as in people with no fillings.
1) In response, we provide Table 1, which summarizes 2012 autopsy data from 5 medical institutions that in aggregate reflect the current practice of fetal/neonatal autopsy among the US-based SPP membership in both academic and community practice settings.
Autopsy data from January 2009 to April 2012 was analyzed and only those cases were selected for the study where the cause of death was unnatural i.
1) Its stated frequency has most often been estimated by autopsy data such that, in one series, two cases among 6,000 consecutive autopsies were identified.