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4 roles of medical examiner

-death certification
-source of epidemiological data
-analysis of violence as a medical and public health issue
-interaction with the bereaved

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elements of death investigation

scene of investigation/history

autopsy

ancillary studies

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methods of identification

circumstantial
fingerprint
dental
radiographical
DNA

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early postmortem changes

rigor mortis
livor mortis
algor mortis
ocular changes

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time of death estimates= late postmortem changes

putrefaction
mummification
infestation
skeletonization
Adipocere
Anthoipophagy

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class 1

pathological finds inconsistent with life and explain death

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Class II

pathological finds explain death, but not to the level of class I

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class III

minimal pathological findings, compelling history, exclusion of other causes

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class IV

traceless lethal disorders with no demonstrable morphologic abnormalities

well documented history

exclusion of other causes

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class V

undetermined
unusual situations

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3 types of errors in forensic pathology

errors of commission
errors of omission
errors of judgment