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cover image - Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy,1st Edition
ISBN: 9780323756174
Copyright: 2021
Publication Date: 12-29-2020
Page Count: 600
Imprint: Elsevier
List Price: $262.99

Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy, 1st Edition

by Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD and Rhome Hughes, M.D


cover image - Diagnostic Pathology: Forensic Autopsy,1st Edition
ISBN: 9780323756174
Copyright: 2021
Publication Date: 12-29-2020
Page Count: 600
Imprint: Elsevier
List Price: $262.99
    • Provides expert guidance on accurate diagnoses of the findings and patterns encountered in the forensic autopsy, as well as cause of death procedures
    • Covers key topics such as opioid and drug deaths, including new drugs and their toxicology; deaths and investigations in custody; infant and child deaths, including SIDS and overlaying; and infant and child neck trauma, including shaken baby syndrome
    • Contains the necessary information to aid in the performance of both routine and complicated forensic autopsies
    • Features hundreds of high-quality images throughout, including full-color illustrations and clinical and gross pathology photographs—all carefully annotated to highlight the most diagnostically significant factors
    • Features a templated, highly formatted design; concise, bulleted text; key facts in each chapter; and an extensive index for easy reference
    • Offers authoritative, readable coverage for those who need to learn and understand important aspects of forensic autopsy, including coroners, medico-legal death investigators, and legal investigators
    • Includes the enhanced eBook version, which allows you to search all text, figures, and references on a variety of devices
  • Introduction to Forensic Autopsy

    Hospital vs. Forensic Autopsy

    History of Forensic Autopsy

    Death Investigation: Persons and Systems

    PreAutopsy Considerations

    Scene Investigations

    Report of Deaths

    External Examination




    Clothing and Personal Effects

    Medical Intervention

    Medical Intervention

    Postmortem Changes

    Specimen and Evidence Collection

    Internal Examination

    Cardiovascular System

    Respiratory System

    Hepatobiliary System

    Gastrointestinal System

    Genitourinary System

    Endocrine System

    Hematopoietic System


    Head and Central Nervous System


    Blunt Force Injuries Overview

    Findings in Traumatic Brain Injury

    Patterned Injuries

    Transportation-Related Deaths

    Penetrating Injuries Overview

    Gunshot Wounds

    Sharp Force Wounds

    Drug-Related Deaths

    Thermal Injuries

    Asphyxial Deaths

    Carbon Monoxide Deaths


    Environmental Exposure


    Animal Predation

    Pediatric Deaths

    Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infants

    Nonaccidental Injuries in Infants and Children


    Sudden Unexpected Death in Children

    Sudden Natural Deaths

    Cardiovascular Disease

    The Negative Autopsy

    Sudden Unexpected Death in Adults

    Seizure-Related Deaths

    Pregnancy-Associated Deaths

    Deaths Associated with Medical Procedures

    Chronic Ethanol Abuse

    Miscellaneous Sudden Natural Deaths

    Special Topics

    In-Custody Deaths

    Excited Delirium Syndrome

    Starvation and Neglect

    Sexual Assault

    Acute Psychiatric and Stress-Related Deaths

    Serotonin-Syndrome and Drug-Induced Disorders

    Ancillary Procedures

    Special Dissections

    Toxicology Testing

    Microbiology Testing

    Vitreous Chemistry Analysis


    Forensic Anthropology


    Interpretive Toxicology

    Alcohol Metabolism and Testing


    Methampehetamine and Amphetamine

    Heroin and Morphine

    Prescription Opiates/Opioids



    Ethylene Glycol

    Non-Ethanol Volatives


    Gen_Heavy Metals


    The Autopsy Report and The Death Certificate

    Manner of Death

    Cause of Death

    Manner of Death; NAME Guidelines

    The Autopsy Report

    The Death Certificate

  • Mary Ann Sens, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Pathology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota and Rhome Hughes, M.D, Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota