A myriad of different scenarios await those entering the field of forensic pathology, ranging from gunshot wounds to asphyxiation to explosives to death from addiction. Essential Forensic Pathology: Core Studies and Exercises helps prepare pathologists in training by establishing what they must know about the most common death scenes they will encounter.
The book begins by discussing the coaching objectives in medical education and follows with a description of the 15 different rotations of the forensic pathology resident. Using a consistent and concise format, the book describes the facility where the rotation takes place, the necessary skills, the laboratory equipment, and other components of the rotation.
The main portion of the book presents forensic pathology essentials in the form of learning objectives—each delineated with a code: "M" for items students must know, and "S" for those they must do. This section begins by discussing the government’s role, describes medical examiner and coroner systems, and analyzes the academic discipline of forensic pathology. Next, the book focuses on hands-on elements of forensic pathology, with chapters on scene investigation, identification, and postmortem changes (signs of death). Objectives are also presented for various causes of death, including gunshot wounds, stab wounds, asphyxiation, sex-related death, and death from addiction. Additional chapters cover bombs and explosive devices, mental disease, epidemics, and issues related to forensic entomology.
Each chapter contains a list of pertinent vocabulary and references for further study. By mastering the objectives contained in each chapter of this manual, forensic pathology students will be ready to pass certification exams and work confidently in the field.
Table of Contents
Section I: Introduction. Introduction: Coaching Objectives in Medical Education. Section II: A Program in Forensic Pathology. The Forensic Pathology Residency Program with Rotations. Section III: Forensic Pathology Essentials. The Governmental Role in Forensic Pathology. The Medical Examiner and Coroner Systems with Comparisons and Evaluations. The Academic Discipline of Forensic Pathology. Scene Investigation. Identification: Problems and Methods. Postmortem Changes (Signs of Death). The Medical Legal Autopsy and the Ethics of Pathological Diagnosis by Forensic Pathologists; Suicide as a Topic Area in Forensic Pathology. The Cause and Mechanisms of Death: Natural Death and the Changes of Aging; Geriatric Pathology; and End-of-Life Care, Hospice Care, and Palliative Care. Sudden Death: Forensic Clinical Microbiology. Physical Trauma. Secondary Effects and Complications of Trauma. Gunshot Wounds. Incised and Stab Wounds. Asphyxiation. Blunt Force Injuries and Pediatric Homicide. Electrical and Thermal Injury. Gas Asphyxiation. Occupational Diseases. Sexual Deaths and Serial Deaths. Infanticide, Abortion, and Crib Death. Alcoholism and Deaths from Addiction. Analytical Toxicology. Classification of Death; Therapeutic Misadventures. Trace Evidence and Criminalistics; Forensic Science. Recent Advances in Medical Ethics Affecting Forensic Medicine and Pathology. International Forensic Medicine and Pathology Practice; Forensic Nursing; Epidemics and Laboratory Identifications. Urban Warfare and Nationalistic Weaponry. Bombs, Explosives, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Mental Disease, Paranoia, Aggression, and the Central Nervous System. The New Electronic Media, Forensic Informatics, Forensic Pathology on the Web, and Digital Forensics. The Asylum and the 60s: The Reform of Mental Disease Asylums and the Consequences from the 70s to Today. Epidemics and Public Health; Molecular Pathology. Why Did the Forensic Sciences Become Popular? The Story and Heritage of Ronald Kornblum, MD, Pathologist. Organizational Complexity in the Forensic Sciences. Forensic Sciences and the Military. Digital Forensics and Forensic Informatics; The New Web and Internet. Advanced Microscopic Techniques. Forensic Entomology in Forensic Pathology. Clinical Forensic Pathology. Practical Advice for Forensic Pathologists. Section IV: Dedication. Dedication to Russell S. Fisher, MD. Index.