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Forensic Pathology

2nd Edition

By Dominick DiMaio, Vincent J.M. DiMaio, M.D.

CRC Press

592 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2001-06-28
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Medicolegal investigation of death is the most crucial and significant function of the medical examiner within the criminal justice system. The medical examiner is primarily concerned with violent, sudden, unexpected, and suspicious deaths and is responsible for determining the cause and manner of death, identifying the deceased, determining the approximate time of death and injury, collecting evidence from the body, issuing the death certificate, and documenting these events through an official autopsy report. The basis of the medicolegal investigation is forensic pathology.

Written for both medical and investigative professionals, Forensic Pathology, Second Edition presents an overview of medicolegal investigative systems. Completely updated, the book examines investigative techniques and procedures that lead to obtaining accurate conclusions of death by homicide, accident, or suicide.


About the first edition:

"The range of conditions described emphasizes the massive combined experience of these authors, and the objective style of the text makes this an extremely valuable reference for every forensic pathologist and an excellent teaching medium for those who are working for their boards or other qualifications."

- Journal of the Forensic Science Society

Table of Contents

Medicolegal Investigative Systems

Time of Death

Deaths Due to Natural Disease

Wounds Due to Blunt Trauma

Blunt Trauma Injuries of the Trunk and Extremities

Trauma to the Skull and Brain: Craniocerebral Injuries

Wounds Due to Pointed and Sharp, Edged Weapons


Deaths Due to Motor Vehicles

Airplane Crashes

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Neonaticide, Infantcide, and Child Homicide

Deaths Due to Fire

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning



The Effects of Heat & Cold: Hyperthermia & Hypthermia


Emboli Eue to Gas, Fat, and Amniotic Fluid

Topics in Forensic Pathology

Deaths in Nursing Homes

Sudden Death During or Immediately After a Violent Struggle

Interpretative Toxicology: Drug Abuse and Drug Deaths

About the Series

Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science