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NCJ Number: 119513 Find in a Library
Title: United States Medicolegal Autopsy Laws
Editor(s): C H Wecht
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 150
Sponsoring Agency: Information Resources Press
Arlington, VA 22209
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87815-057-9
Sale Source: Information Resources Press
1700 North Moore Street
Arlington, VA 22209
United States of America
Type: Reference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book is a compilation of autopsy laws of the fifty States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Abstract: These current data are of practical interest and assistance to medical examiners, coroners, pathologists, hospital administrators, attorneys, and law enforcement officers who are involved in death investigations. It is emphasized that laws pertaining to the investigation of violent, sudden, suspicious, unexpected, unexplained, and medically unattended deaths, and the official basis for the performance of postmortem examinations in such instances, are undergoing change in various jurisdictions and will undoubtedly continue to change. The content of the laws for each State includes the person who may authorize and perform a medicolegal autopsy, circumstances under which an autopsy may be authorized and under which an exhumation autopsy may be authorized, statutory provisions relating to the availability and voluntary release of autopsy protocol, and statutory authorities.
Main Term(s): Autopsy
Index Term(s): Forensic pathology; Medicolegal considerations; State-by-state analyses
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