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Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures

This book explains the concepts and principles of death investigation established by governments, and outlines the legal and administrative steps that must be taken throughout the case.

By Randy Hanzlick,

ISBN: 9781420044751

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  • Presents a concise overview of procedures, goals, and statutory basis for various types of death investigation
  • Provides practical information on death certificates, autopsy reports, exhumations, deaths in custody, criminal and civil law issues, expert witnesses, and insurance
  • Contains case studies of typical and atypical investigations illustrating the procedures explained in the text
  • Includes a brief summary of the specific system employed by each state, as well as those occurring on federal land and indian reservations
  • Offers easily accessible information with figures, references, and extensive subheadings

    Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures is the first book dedicated to the topic of death investigation from a legal standpoint as well as the administrative and operational procedures that pertain to the medical examiner and the coroner system in the United States. Unique in its perspective, this book is the only one not concerned with instructing on investigatory conduct, autopsy procedure, pathology, or the solving of crimes. Instead, it explains the concepts and principles of death investigation established by governments, and outlines the legal and administrative steps that must be taken throughout the case.

    Beginning with an introduction to the basic types of death investigation, the text explains the circumstances and statutory basis for death investigation systems. The author provides specific details about the role of coroners, medical examiners, and other forensic scientists and personnel who may officially be a part of the investigation. The overall goals of the investigations are included along with case studies and examples illustrating the procedures used in each type. The author also adds a brief summary of the specific system employed by each state. A considerable portion of the book is devoted to practical considerations such as the contents of the autopsy report, the death certificate, principles and issues related to evidence and expert witnesses, as well as a description of a typical day at a medical examiner's or coroner's office.

    Well referenced with websites and sources of further information, Death Investigation: Systems and Procedures provides a comprehensive, concise procedural reference to students and professionals including lawyers, crime scene technicians, and anyone who works with death investigation data, or within the death investigation systems in the United States.


    Publication Date: 12/13/2006
    Number of Pages: 184
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