Chapter 7. Pathology and Post-Mortem Examinations

  1. John E. Cooper DTVM, FRCPath, FIBiol, FRCVS1 and
  2. Margaret E. Cooper LLB, FLS2

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470752944.ch7

Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine

Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine

How to Cite

Cooper, J. E. and Cooper, M. E. (eds) (2007) Pathology and Post-Mortem Examinations, in Introduction to Veterinary and Comparative Forensic Medicine, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470752944.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Pathologists, Professor of Veterinary Pathology, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

  2. 2

    Solicitor of the Supreme Court, Guest Lecturer, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 30 MAR 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405111010

Online ISBN: 9780470752944

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Keywords:

  • pathology;
  • examinations;
  • autopsy;
  • forensic medicine;
  • data

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • SPECIAL EXAMINATIONS

  • WILDLIFE

  • BEFORE CARRYING OUT A NECROPSY

  • STORAGE OF CARCASES PRIOR TO EXAMINATION

  • PERSONNEL

  • POST-MORTEM METHODS

  • CHAIN OF CUSTODY AND FATE OF SAMPLES

  • STAGES OF A POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION

  • HISTORY AND CONFIRMING THE IDENTITY/RECORDING THE PROVENANCE OF THE SPECIMEN

  • PREPARATION OF ROOM

  • PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT

  • OBTAINING ADEQUATE ASSISTANCE

  • ENSURING HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • EQUIPMENT

  • PLANNING ATTENDANCE OF OTHERS

  • CONTACT WITH CLIENTS

  • PERFORMANCE OF THE NECROPSY

  • TAKING AND SUBMISSION OF SAMPLES

  • PREPARATION OF REPORT

  • RETENTION OF RECORDS

  • RECORD-KEEPING

  • HEALTH AND SAFETY

  • RISK ASSESSMENTS

  • DEALING WITH TOXIC SUBSTANCES

  • DEALING WITH DNA

  • PERFORMANCE OF THE NECROPSY AND POST-MORTEM TECHNIQUE

  • TIME OF DEATH

  • CAUSE OF DEATH

  • CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH

  • SUDDEN DEATHS AND UNEXPECTED DEATHS

  • ANAESTHETIC AND SURGICAL DEATHS

  • MAKING A DIAGNOSIS

  • GROSS (MACROSCOPICAL) FINDINGS

  • DESCRIPTION OF LESIONS

  • CONTUSION

  • DESCRIPTION OF ANIMALS

  • GENDER DETERMINATION (SEXING)

  • MORPHOMETRICS

  • DIFFERENTIATION OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL DERIVATIVES

  • SPECIES DIFFERENTIATION

  • MEAT INSPECTION

  • AGE DETERMINATION OF ANIMALS AND THEIR DERIVATIVES

  • AGING OF LESIONS

  • TRANSILLUMINATION

  • RADIOGRAPHY

  • RECOGNITION OF

  • CHANGE

  • FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY

  • PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF FORENSIC ENTOMOLOGY

  • EXHUMATION

  • IDENTIFICATION OF CARCASES

  • SKELETAL REMAINS

  • NON-SKELETAL REMAINS

  • TAKING AND SUBMISSION OF LABORATORY SAMPLES AND SUPPORTING INVESTIGATIONS

  • SELECTION OF SAMPLES

  • LABORATORY TESTS

  • SOME SPECIFIC

  • FINDINGS

  • FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY

  • INTER- AND INTRA-SPECIFIC AGGRESSION

  • ROAD TRAFFIC (VEHICULAR) ACCIDENTS/COLLISIONS

  • AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS

  • TRAPS AND SNARES

  • WOUNDS FROM WEAPONS

  • PHYSICAL ASSAULT

  • STRANGULATION AND HANGING

  • BLAST INJURIES

  • NEONATAL DEATHS

  • SPECIFIC INJURIES AND LESIONS

  • GROUP, HERD OR FLOCK EXAMINATIONS

  • RETENTION OF TISSUES

  • MUSEUMS

  • DEMONSTRATING PATHOLOGICAL MATERIAL TO LAY PEOPLE