The medicolegal system across the country has been set up with one goal in mind, knowing how and why a person died, and this has to be done in a way that allows no bias, adheres to standards and provides competency. While the general principle remains the same, the variety of this setup across the states leads to certain shortcomings.
To ensure the above we require resources and funds, which is lacking in certain parts of the country. A competent autopsy cannot be provided if a pathologist is expected to perform it in a room without proper lighting or without a place to store the bodies. The resources already available must also meet certain basic standards that would ensure the quality of the procedure is upto the mark, something that is not …show more content…
An untrained, unskilled individual and, at times does without a basic knowledge about the field, is allowed to sign death certificates and judge the cause and manner of death, purely because he was elected to do so by a population that is unaware of the requirements or the qualifications for that post. As seen in the cases of Coroner Tim Brown in Marlboro County and Dr. Frank Minyard, Coroner of New Orleans, the system fails to provide the very basic, a competent autopsy. As a coroner has political dues to pay, he/she may tend not be fair or …show more content…
Since people don’t come in contact with this field until they personally affect them, and lack the ability to verify its results, the deficiency in public awareness is another flaw the system and is unable to perform to its maximum capacity.
As a future medicolegal death investigator, I see the potential this field holds. Its importance and worth are not broadcasted and at times not realized. Personally, the way to shape the path this field takes would be to inculcate in me a strong sense of ethics, that will hopefully inspire my colleagues and successors to do the same, as this is something that cannot be regulated by anyone.
I also hope to advocate for standardization and certification of the system throughout the country and Dr. Marcello Fierro rightly said, be “pro competency”. Bringing awareness of the system to only the general public but also to future genrations of death investigators and forensic pathologists, is also a cause I aspire to take up in the near
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Forensic scientists can identify the body through dental records, DNA samples or if the fingers are intact, fingerprints.
The word autopsy derives from the Greek word autopsia, which means “the act of seeing for oneself” (Autopsy 1). An autopsy purpose is to “determine the cause of death, observe the effects of disease” (Autopsy 1). Human dissection was frowned upon until after the Middle Ages. The first human dissection was performed in 300 BCE by Herophilus and Erasistratus, two physicians who were studying disease (Autopsy 2). In the late 2nd century CE a Greek physician Galen of Pergamum was the first
This method may have been sufficient in the 10th century when people were illiterate and believed the world was flat; however, the scientific world since then has grown exponentially. Science is a powerful study, aiding us in understanding the complex process life and the absence of life, death. Pathology, the science of disease, has assisted in the arrests of countless criminals, uncovering the truth and more notably providing a sense of closure for the loved ones of the deceased. A coroner system without the foundation of science is a system that keeps murders on the streets, the innocent behinds bars and prosecutors frozen in cases. The most memorable example of inefficiency is Dr. Paul McGarry, who made careless errors in not just one but four autopsies. In the case of new prison inmate Cayne Miceli, McGarry initially determined the cause of death to be a drug overdose. Upon the further examination, a second examiner found a heap of mucus in her lungs indicating she had severe asthma. The doctor then concluded the real cause of death was the jail restraints on her chest blocked her airways during an asthma attack (Thompson, 2011, para 13-16). A peculiar fact about the case was the McGarry concluded the cause of death before he got the test results. Could he had been trying to hide something? After all, he is an elected official which according to the NAS
A Life or Death Situation, by Robin Marantz Henig, New York Times, July, 2013, is a review of the debate surrounding the right to a dignified death. It examines the purely philosophical view of the issue; as well as the heart wrenching reality of being faced with that question in one 's personal life. Does a person have a right to choose how he or she dies? How does that choice impact the people who care about about him or her? Should a person who cares about someone be required to cause or aide in his or her death? These questions weigh heavy on the minds of many people, who live
The main theme of “Final Cut” by Atul Gawande is that medicine is an inexact science and doctors are not always sure of themselves, even if they appear confident. Gawande’s main argument is simply stated: there has been a decline in the amount of autopsies performed in the medical field as a result of medical arrogance; over confident doctors believe they know the cause of death and do not want to perform autopsies. Gawande illustrates his argument by outlining the history of autopsy use in medicine, incorporating medical cases that he has experienced as a surgeon, and including statistics on autopsy usage. “Final Cut” is an outstanding profile on the decline of autopsy use in medicine. What makes “Final Cut” an enjoyable and informative article for all readers is its use of strategies associated with fiction such as the establishment of characters, balance between medical information and personal experience, and its use of active voice.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld court decisions in Washington and New York states that criminalized physician-assisted suicide on July 26, 1997.12 They found that the Constitution did not provide any “right to die,” however, they allowed individual states to govern whether or not they would prohibit or permit physician-assisted suicide. Without much intervention from the states individuals have used their right to refuse medical treatment resulting in controversial passive forms of euthanasia being used by patients to die with dignity such as choosing not to be resuscitated, stopping medication, drinking, or eating, or turning off respirators.9
There are a few risks involves with this job. For instance, if you simply weren’t careful, you could get sick just from an autopsy of someone who died from something contagious. Aside from that, forensic pathologists often have to take time off to go to court as a medical examiner. Also, some things can affect you because they were more than you expected.
The author also frequently questions the legality of the embalming process. This is in reference to the established law practices in regards to the after-death procedures:
In this paper, I will discuss the background of forensic pathology, the pros and cons of forensic pathology, and the similar and different in a forensic pathologist and a coroner. There are various disciplines in Forensic Science that can help with a crime, and solving that crime. One of these various disciplines is Forensic Pathology which the study of disease, and its causes, moreover; it involves the discovering the cause of the death where a death is sudden or suspicion to law enforcement. While a Forensic Pathologist can be helpful to law enforcement, and helpful in assisting in crime investigation, there are cons to being forensic pathologist. Furthermore, forensic pathologist can be confused with coroner even though they do the same
This is why a body farm was created to have enough research how the body decomposes, while teaching forensic anthropologists, forensic pathologists, for medical purposes, to teach students wanting to go into a particular field that involves this kind of work, and even police dogs to recover a missing body. This leads to not only the importance of a body farm, but the benefits it has for the people I just mentioned above, for more research to
This truth forms an essential link between the enforcement of law and protection of the public in the administration of justice.” Forensic pathology is clearly a crucial role in the justice system. You have to be a little weird and crazy to have a passion for the kind of work that the coroners and M.E. go through on an everyday basis. They use past knowledge to make decisions on how death occurred and they come across many different postmortem changes in dead bodies. Every field is important in forensics, but pathology advocates for truth and justice to dead
Crime scene investigation and medical examiner television shows are always interesting and exciting to watch, but what happens when you make the contents of that television show your life? Often times, the one you see doing the investigating with not only the body at the scene, but also inspecting the body of the victim in their exam room is called the Forensic Pathologist. A Forensic Pathologist is often called to the scenes where a death has occurred so that they can legally gather information and observations so that they can proceed with the investigation. For example, they will try to find the time of death. It is very important that the forensic pathologist be contacted very early on in the investigation, due to the amount of evidence that needs to be overlooked. Forensic pathologists are educated as physicians, and are also licensed for the practice of medicine. Regional tests are given, which means that if you decide to move at any time after taking the regional test, you will be required to take it again if you move to a new state. Autopsies are a daily occurrence, and the goal of the forensic pathologist is to recreate the series of events that led up to the death of the victim.
Although Mitford does not admit she is against embalming directly, she is able to demonstrate her argument efficiently throughout the components of her essay, which created an excellent argumentative paper. Her use of language, powerful imagery, descriptive writing, and external documents created an immense impact in persuading her audience that violating a dead body to make it look presentable is unacceptable. Therefore, a corpse should be handled with more care and the American funeral practice should not be carried on any longer.
Different traditions, beliefs, and practices surrounding death are common to all cultures and religions and have resulted in conflict regarding anatomic dissections and postmortem examinations. Such views have been said to have hampered scientific and medical discovery in the past years. People of the Islam and Judaism nationality doesn’t do autopsy on their family members. In that bodily intrusion violates beliefs about the sanctity of keeping the human body complete, although religious doctrine does not in of itself strictly forbid autopsies. It is a matter of interpretation. Westernized or diverse environments tend to have less cohesive connections with traditions, religion, and beliefs, and have greater acceptance of autopsies. Non-westernized, less diverse cultural groups have more unified tradition, beliefs, and practices surrounding death, and they more frequently have religious issues related to
This is not saying it is the only technique one should use, and these techniques should be used with a supplemental classical autopsy. Forensic imaging is a great new technological advance and MRI technology in particular is crucial in determining the cause of death in forensic