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March 2018 , Page 34 

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The Autopsy as a ‘Dying’ Art

By Evan W. Matshes, MD and Sam W. Andrews, MD

Out of a perceived necessity to understand how and why people die, human beings have performed autopsies for at least two thousand years. In today’s day and age, the lay public sometimes concludes that deaths are easily solved, and as such, invasive autopsy is unnecessary. Similarly, some pathologists are entrenched in the notion that the autopsy is a fully evolved process, without much (or any room) for advancement or improvement. To that end, some pathologists perform the same “standard” autopsy again and again, without recognition of the special circumstances of death, or needs of a given case.

What should the criminal defense lawyer know about forensic autopsy pathology in 2018?

Is forensic pathology just murder-ology?

No, it is not. Forensic pathology is a subspecialty of medicine, practiced by physician specialists — pathologists — who apply their knowledge of medicine and disease in living and deceased individuals, to help solve legal problems. The average for

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