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Forensic Autopsy

A Handbook and Atlas, 1st Edition

Edited by Vittorio Fineschi

CRC Press

161 pages | 296 Color Illus.

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All too often, forensic pathologists perform autopsies that are limited only to the body parts that are suspect, leading to biased and inaccurate results. A correct diagnosis for cause of death can only be reached by a strict and systematic examination of the whole body. Providing a step-by-step, photo-assisted guide to complete autopsy procedures, Forensic Autopsy: A Handbook and Atlas commands the field in offering the most advanced and complete resource of its kind.

Packed with more color photos than any other leading autopsy reference, this volume explores:

  • External cadaver examination
  • Organ removal methods
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Microscopy applications
  • New imaging techniques
  • Pediatric and fetal autopsy
  • Pre- and postautopsy procedures
  • Genetic disease and DNA diagnosis
  • Autopsy protocol for the examination of the vertebral artery

From macroscopic to microscopic approaches, this volume provides detailed guidelines for performance of autopsy on every part of the human body. Using these standardized protocols and with the proper knowledge, training, and experience, pathologists can develop the skill needed to become experts in their field.


" … extremely useful to radiologists."

— Adriano Fileni, Presidente Sezione Etica e Radiologia Forense, in Radiol Med

Table of Contents

A Methodological Approach to the External Examination, S. D’Errico




Sex, Race, and Age

Height and Weight

Time of Death Indicators

General Recommendations

Head Examination

Neck Examination

Chest Examination

Abdomen Examination

Shoulder and Upper Extremities

Lower Extremities and External Genitalia

Dorsal and Lumbar Regions

The Autopsy, C. Pomara, S. B. Karch, and V. Fineschi

Adult Autopsy

Primary Incision of the Soft Tissues of the Thoracic–Abdominal Wall

Access to the Thoracic Cavity

Evisceration According to Virchow’s Technique

Access to the Neck Region

Evisceration According to Ghon’s Technique (En Bloc)

Access to the Face

Access to the Abdominal Cavity

The Letulle Technique: En Masse Removal

The Virchow Technique

Dissection of the Head

Removal of the Brain

Vertebral Resection and Cord Removal

Arm Dissection

Leg Dissection

Macroscopic Examination and Resection of the Resected Organs

Pediatric and Fetal Autopsies, I. Riezzo

The External Examination

Removal of the Brain

Access to the Chest

Evisceration Methods

Examination of the Placenta

Histological Sections

Laboratory Technologies and Methodologies, F. Bucchieri, F. Rappa, and F. Cappello


Specimen Collection Techniques


Inclusion Technique

Frozen Sections

Embedding Methods: Paraffin

Other Embedding Media

General Staining Procedures

Histochemical Stainings

Mounting Procedures


Beyond and Together with Autopsy Techniques: Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy in Forensic Medicine, M. Neri

Postmortem Radiology and Digital Imaging, S. D’Errico, V. G. Guglielmi, and C. Pomara


Computed Tomography and "Virtopsy"

Magnetic Nuclear Resonance (MNR) Imaging

Genetic Disease and DNA Diagnosis, C. Pomara, S. B. Karch, and V. Fineschi

Sudden Cardiac Death and Genetic Disease

Diagnostic Techniques

The Future of Large-Scale Screening Techniques

Autopsy Protocol for the Examination of the V3–V4 Segments of the Vertebral Artery: The Introna-Corrado Method, F. Introna and S. Corrado


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Pathology