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Definition – Forensic Pathology

    Which for practical purposes deals with post mortem investigation of sudden unexpected death.

Training for Forensic Pathology

    Masters Degree – 5 years residence in Anatomic

    Clinical Pathology – 1 year training in Medical Examiners Office

Causes of Death (C.O.D)

    1.) Proximate Cause – The initial injury that led to a sequence of events which caused the death of the victim

    2.) Immediate Cause – The injury or disease that finally killed the individual

Mechanism of Death

    Altered by physiology by which a disease or injury causes death.

Manner of Death

    Legal implications superimposed on biological cause.


Homicide – Someone else causes the victims death

Suicide – The victim causes his/her own death

Accidental – Individual falls victim to a hostile environment

Natural Causes – Here the victim dies in the absence of an environment reasonably considered hostile to human life


    Laceration – Tearing injury due to friction, or impact with a blunt object

    Putrification – Sequence of Physical/Chemical events that begins with death and ends with dissolution of the nondurable parts of the body

    Incision – Cutting injury due to sling action of a blade-like object

    Puncture Wound - Penetrating injury due to a pointed object without a blade

Post Mortem Effects

Rigor Mortis – Stiffening of muscles/joints 30 minutes - 2 hours after death, begins earlier in small muscles exercised vigorously.

Liver Mortis – The failure of the Kidneys after the Cause of death, making the skin appear a yellowish color.