autopsy a medical procedure consisting of a thorough
examination of a corpse to determine the cause and
manner of death. An autopsy will can also evaluate
any disease or injury that may be present. It is
usually performed by a specialized medical doctor
called a pathologist, who is typically a medical
physician, who studies the effects of diseases,
medical treatment and injury to the body. A forensic
pathologist typically performs autopsies in a death
investigation. They specialize in using autopsy
studies to establish a legally admissible manner of
death in the court of law. Autopsies can also be performer
by individuals including medical examiners, who are
typically medical pathologists and physicians, and
by coroners, who are not necessarily physicians.
There are two types of autopsies - forensic or
clinical. A forensic
autopsy is carried out when the cause of death
may be a criminal matter and is often done to aide
in a police investigation when the cause of death is
suspicious. A clinical autopsy is typically
carried out in a hospital by a pathologist and order
by the attending physician of a patient to determine
the cause of death for research or study purposes.
What are the typical causes of death listed in an
United States, there are typically five
legally defined manner of death: Natural
Cause, Accident, Homicide,
Suicide, and Undetermined.
Who may request an autopsy?
autopsy can be requested by the next of kin of the
deceased or legally responsible party, or in the
event of suspicious death or criminal investigation,
an autopsy may be performed without the consent of
the next of kin.
autopsy is requested by the next of kin or
responsible party, a doctor will ask you to sign a
consent form to give permission for the autopsy. The
autopsy can be limited in any manner you wish.
an autopsy performed?
autopsy is performed in the event or a
autopsy is typically ordered in the event of a
public health concern, such as an unknown
autopsy can be performed if someone dies
unattended by a physician or if a physician is
uncomfortable signing a death certificate.
autopsy can be performed if requested by the
next of kin or legally responsible party of the
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