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Department
Forensic Science
Course
FSC239Y5
Professor
Hisham Ragab
Semester
Fall

Description
Forensic Pathology lecture 2 - Death - Cause, Manner and mechanism of death - Delayed death - Medicolegal cases - The objectives of a Medicolegal Examiniation - The Forensic Autopsy versus an External Examination - The Extent of the Autopsy - Differences between Hospital and Medicolegal Autopsy - Identification of Bodies - The Autopsy Report Death: - Cessation of vital functions that sustain a living organism: CVS (syncope—circulatory failure), RS (asphyxia—Respiratory failure), CNS (coma—CNS Failure brain death) - Somatic or clinical death - Molecular or cellular death - Molecular life (time between somatic and molecular death) Manner of death - Violent deaths—Accidental, homicide, suicide - Natural - Unexplained (undetermined) Cause, manner and mechanism of death - Cause of death: any injury or disease that produces a physiological derangement in the body that results in the individual death - Mechanism of death: the physiological derangement produced by the cause of death that results in death Delayed death - Violent deaths are retained even if there is a long delay between cause and death - Intact causal chain (strong connection between original injury and final incident) Medicolegal cases - Violent deaths - Sudden - No attending physician - Suspicious - Deaths in custody Objectives of an Examination: - Ident of deseased - Ident cause and mechanism - Manner of death - Interpretation of injuries - Collect trace evidence Forensic Autopsy vs. External examination - Autopsy required to: determine the cause of death, document injuries, exclude other causes of de
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