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What is a pathologist?

A Doctor who specialises in understanding the nature and cause of diseases.


What is a post-mortem examination?

When a pathologist inspects a body after death to determine the cause of death.


What is a forensic pathologist?

- A pathologist who takes part in criminal investigations.
- They tell police if a death is suspicious or not.


What sort of samples might a pathologist take when investigating an ill patient?

- Blood sample
- Urine sample
- Feces sample


What can a pathologist test blood for?

Iron levels to see if a person has anaemia.


What can a pathologist test urine for?

Sugar levels to see if a person has diabetes.


What can a pathologist test feces for?

Bacteria - to see if the person has food poisoning.


What do would a pathologist use to grow bacteria on?

An agar plate


How can dentists help to solve crimes?

1. They can identify a murder victim using their dental records (x-rays)
2. They can identify a suspect by performing a 'bite-mark analysis'


What makes teeth good for identifying disfigured corpses?

- Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body and can withstand high temperatures so will remain intact.
- They form a unique pattern.


What is a corpse?

A dead body