Courtroom Medicine: Death

Examines medical facts of death and the techniques of prosecuting or defending resulting actions.
Publisher: Matthew Bender
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Examines medical facts of death and the techniques of prosecuting or defending resulting actions. Discusses in detail, many injuries that often lead to death.

•  Cause (legal causation), determination (brain death), time (survivorship determinations)
•  Full explanations of autopsy procedures, exhumation, the death certificate and laboratory and toxicologic procedures
•  Relationship of death to intervening factors (medical treatment or disease)
•  Annotations, bibliography, illustrations, charts and index

First published in 1966.

3 Volumes, looseleaf; updated two times a year with revisions and supplements.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1 What is Death?

Chapter 1A Estimation of Time of Death

Chapter 1B The Brain and Death

Chapter 2 Medical Aspects of Coma

Chapter 2A The Forensic Pathologist as an Expert in Civil Cases

Chapter 3 The Death Certificate

Chapter 4 Selecting the Expert Witness

Chapter 4A Legal Considerations in Autopsy Procedures

Chapter 5 The Autopsy: A Forensic Tool

Chapter 5A Identification of Human Skeletal Remains

Chapter 5B Forensic Odontology

Chapter 5C DNA Profiling

Chapter 6 Legal Aspects of Autopsy and Exhumation

Chapter 7-8 Reserved

Chapter 9 Use of Demonstrative Evidence

Chapter 10 Interpreting Medical Records

Chapter 11 Reserved


Chapter 12 Establishing Proximate Cause

Chapter 13 Emergency Treatment

Chapter 13A Complications of Blood Transfusions

Chapter 14 Death Due to Intervening Disease

Chapter 15 Death from Head Injury

Chapter 15A Decorticate and Decerebrate States

Chapter 16 Periods of Latent Symptomology

Chapter 16A Care of the Cancer Patient

Chapter 16B Lung Cancer and Smoking


Chapter 17 Myocardial Infarction

Chapter 17A Congestive Heart Failure

Chapter 18 Blunt Trauma

Chapter 18A Penetrating Trauma

Chapter 18B Gunshot Wounds

Chapter 18C Assessment and Management of Homicidal Intent

Chapter 19 Sudden Death--Cause or Effect?

Chapter 20 Undetermined Cause of Death

Chapter 21 Differential Diagnosis

Chapter 22 Accidental Death

Chapter 22A Fat Embolism

Chapter 22B Pulmonary Embolism

Chapter 22C Death from Respiratory Conditions

Chapter 22D Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Chapter 22E Physician-Assisted Suicide

Chapter 23 Suicide vs. Accidental Death

Chapter 23A Forensic Toxicology

Chapter 23B Substance of Abuse

Chapter 23C Assessment and Management of Suicidal Intent

Chapter 24 Postmortem Determination of Alcohol Intoxication

Chapter 24A Drinking, Driving and Chemical Testing

Chapter 25 Deaths Associated with Anesthesia and Surgery


Chapter 26 Child Abuse

Chapter 27 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Chapter 27A Shaken-Baby Syndrome

Chapter 28 Wrongful Death of the Unborn Child

Chapter 28A Domestic Violence: Spouse/Partner Abuse and Elder Abuse

Chapter 28B Congenital Anomalies

Chapter 29 Toxic Shock Syndrome

Chapter 30 Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Chapter 31 Death Due to Radiation

Chapter 32 Asphyxiation

Chapter 33 Death from Burns

Chapter 33A Death from Electric Injuries

Chapter 34 Anaphylaxis

Chapter 35 Failure of Life Support

Chapter 36 Central Nervous System Infections

Chapter 36A Hospital Infections

Chapter 36B Toxicology by Systems

Chapter 37 Death from Abdominal Injuries

Chapter 38 Alzheimer's Disease

Chapter 39 Parkinson's Disease


Damages Awards--Chart

Appendix: Glossary of Pertinent Medical Terms

Legal Bibliography