Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy E-Book

By Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD and Rhome Hughes, M.D
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This expert volume in the Diagnostic Pathology series is an excellent point-of-care resource for practitioners at all levels of experience and training. Specifically designed to assist hospital pathologists and assistants, forensic pathology fellows, pathology residents, and medical examiners, it provides a comprehensive, authoritative discussion of key topics in forensic autopsy. Richly illustrated and easy to use, Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy is a one-stop reference on the performance of procedures in this challenging field, ideal as a day-to-day reference or as a reliable training resource.

Key Features
  • Provides expert guidance on accurate diagnoses of the findings and patterns encountered in the forensic autopsy, as well as cause of death procedures
  • Covers key topics such as opioid and drug deaths, including new drugs and their toxicology; deaths and investigations in custody; infant and child deaths, including SIDS and overlaying; and infant and child neck trauma, including shaken baby syndrome
  • Contains the necessary information to aid in the performance of both routine and complicated forensic autopsies
  • Features hundreds of high-quality images throughout, including full-color illustrations and clinical and gross pathology photographs-all carefully annotated to highlight the most diagnostically significant factors
  • Features a templated, highly formatted design; concise, bulleted text; key facts in each chapter; and an extensive index for easy reference
  • Offers authoritative, readable coverage for those who need to learn and understand important aspects of forensic autopsy, including coroners, medico-legal death investigators, and legal investigators
ISBN 9780323756181
Product Format Ebook
Publication Date 2021
Author Information By Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Pathology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Rhome Hughes, M.D, Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Table of Content

Introduction to Forensic Autopsy

Hospital vs. Forensic Autopsy

History of Forensic Autopsy

Death Investigation: Persons and Systems

PreAutopsy Considerations

Scene Investigations

Report of Deaths

External Examination




Clothing and Personal Effects

Medical Intervention

Medical Intervention

Postmortem Changes

Specimen and Evidence Collection

Internal Examination

Cardiovascular System

Respiratory System

Hepatobiliary System

Gastrointestinal System

Genitourinary System

Endocrine System

Hematopoietic System


Head and Central Nervous System


Blunt Force Injuries Overview

Findings in Traumatic Brain Injury

Patterned Injuries

Transportation-Related Deaths

Penetrating Injuries Overview

Gunshot Wounds

Sharp Force Wounds

Drug-Related Deaths

Thermal Injuries

Asphyxial Deaths

Carbon Monoxide Deaths


Environmental Exposure


Animal Predation

Pediatric Deaths

Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infants

Nonaccidental Injuries in Infants and Children


Sudden Unexpected Death in Children

Sudden Natural Deaths

Cardiovascular Disease

The Negative Autopsy

Sudden Unexpected Death in Adults

Seizure-Related Deaths

Pregnancy-Associated Deaths

Deaths Associated with Medical Procedures

Chronic Ethanol Abuse

Miscellaneous Sudden Natural Deaths

Special Topics

In-Custody Deaths

Excited Delirium Syndrome

Starvation and Neglect

Sexual Assault

Acute Psychiatric and Stress-Related Deaths

Serotonin-Syndrome and Drug-Induced Disorders

Ancillary Procedures

Special Dissections

Toxicology Testing

Microbiology Testing

Vitreous Chemistry Analysis


Forensic Anthropology


Interpretive Toxicology

Alcohol Metabolism and Testing


Methampehetamine and Amphetamine

Heroin and Morphine

Prescription Opiates/Opioids



Ethylene Glycol

Non-Ethanol Volatives


Gen_Heavy Metals


The Autopsy Report and The Death Certificate

Manner of Death

Cause of Death

Manner of Death; NAME Guidelines

The Autopsy Report

The Death Certificate

Publication Date 17-02-2021
Pages 600
Trim 276 x 216 (8 1/2 x 10 7/8)
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