Table of Contents

Front Cover; Death Investigation: An Introduction to Forensic Pathology for the Nonscientist; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Digital Assets; For the Instructor; For the Student; Chapter 1: History of Death Investigation; Introduction; Mandates, Jurisdiction, and Laws; History of Criminalistics; Coroners; Medical examiners; Notable forensic pathologists; Medicolegal death investigators; Professional and Certifying Agencies in the United States; American Board of Pathology; American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators; National Association of Medical Examiners. American Academy of Forensic SciencesAmerican College of Forensic Examiners Institute; International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners; Physician Licensure; References; Chapter 2: Death Scene Investigation; Introduction; Review of Literature; Preservation of Evidence; Photographing the Death Scene; Evidence Collection Techniques; Tape ligatures, gags, plastic wrap, and trash bags; Chain of Custody; Medicolegal Death Investigator Scene Response; Types of deaths requiring response; Investigation briefcase; Equipment list; Response vehicle equipment; Medical and Social History. DecompositionPostmortem Carnivore Activity; Postmortem Insect Life Cycle; Embalming; Investigative Techniques to Narrow Time of Death; References; Chapter 5: Autopsy Procedure; Introduction; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); Body Admission to the Morgue; X-ray procedures; Photography at the autopsy; Evidence Collection during an Autopsy; Gunshot residue collection; Fingernail clippings; Trace evidence; DNA swabs; Sexual assault; Toxicology specimen collection; Femoral blood; Evisceration techniques; Recording Autopsy Data; Cut box or tissue container; Cassettes for histology. How does the family or agencies get copies of the paperwork or file contents?References; Chapter 3: Death Certification; Introduction; Definition and Purpose; Cause of Death; Manner of Death; Information Needed for Completion; Investigation of Problematic Death Certificates; Pneumonia; Brain hemorrhage; Fractures (hip, rib, spine, osteoporotic, pathological); Falls; Remote motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, or head injuries; Seizures; Children; Miscarriages; Cremation Authorizations; References; Chapter 4: Time of Death; Introduction; Physiology of Death; Rigor; Livor; Temperature. Notification of Next of KinWritten Report Formats; Case Flow; How does a case come to the attention of an investigator?; What does an investigator do when he or she arrives?; How does the investigator start gathering the info?; How does the investigator get the body to the office?; What happens to the body when it gets to the office?; What happens during the autopsy?; What does the investigator do when he or she returns to the office?; What happens after the autopsy?; How does the body get back to the family?; What happens at the funeral home?; What happens with the paperwork? Death Investigation: An Introduction to Forensic Pathology for the Non-Scientist provides students and law enforcement professionals with an accurate, clear overview of forensic pathology. It presents death investigation at the scene and autopsy, providing readers with a broad understanding of forensic pathology and giving them a clear picture of what happens after the examination of the scene. Readers learn what first responders should (and should not) do at the scene, and get a forensic pathologist's perspective on the importance of preserving evidence.