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University of Toronto Mississauga
Forensic Science
Hisham Ragab

Forensic Pathology - Sub specialty of medicine and pathology, it is concerned with the application of pathological principles to the investigation of the medical-legal aspects of death. - 1953 recognized in the states - 2003 recognized in Canada (Royal college of physicians and surgeons of Canada) Forensic Pathologist - Medically qualified doctors who perform autopsies, 5 year residency - After exam, 1 year internship Investigation of death involves: - Pathologists - CSIs - Forensic scientists - Other specialists Objectives of a medico-legal examination: - Cause of death - Manner of death (natural, violent deaths: accidental/homicide/suicide) - Interpretation of injuries to establish correlation - Identification of dead body - Examine body and collect trace or physical evidence - Estimate time passed since death (post mortem) - Testify the court to the findings Medico-legal cases - All violent deaths - Suspicious deaths - Sudden/ unexpected deaths - No attending physician (no chance to go to hospital) - Deaths in custody History: - The coroner system dates back to the 9 century where coroners were appointed by the king, they were called crowners. - The medical examiner system originated in Boston in 1877 - Two systems work together - In the US, the coroner is elected public official in a particular geographic area who investigates and certifies deaths. Most coroners lack a doctor of medicine degree (variables amount of medical training) - Medical examiner- physician that usually completed a pathology residency and a fellowship in forensic pathology Coroner system: Chief coroner (all coroners should be physicians by law) Medical examiner system: Chief medical examiner - Ontario, coroners are licensed physicians - Quebec: mix - Alberta and Nova Scotia are ME - BC is coroner/ non physician - Under provincial government control Operation of Forensic Pathology System - Qualified pathologists, an adequate number - Consistent, adequate funding for facility as well - MRI, CT, other qualified personnel (toxicology) - Law A coroner is a government official who: - Investigates human deaths - Determines
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