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Death Investigation: The Basics
Brad Randall, M.D.

Extras:
Death Investigation Factoids
DECOMPOSITION
Funeral Industry Jargon
ORGAN AND WHOLE-BODY DONATION CARDS
"The Worm Song"
A Sample Protocol to Use When Speaking With Survivors
Expected versus Sudden, Unexpected Deaths (Table 1-1)

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168 pages. Bibliography, index
Catalog # 016 $24.95 Softcover
©1997, Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ

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A body is found . . . Foul play is suspected . . .
What happens next?

Learn the basics of death investigation from a pro:

  • When do coroners or medical examiners order autopsies?
  • How to track down vital evidence?
  • How to determine the range of fire of a shotgun?
  • How to conduct a scene investigation?
  • What's the difference between the cause and the manner of death?
  • How do investigators identify a decomposed body?
  • What parts of a death certificate need to be completed?
  • How do you establish a time of death?

This basic death investigation handbook reveals what to do from the moment a body is discovered, including how to identify basic gunshot wounds, how to respond to hit-and-run death scenes, when to call a forensic pathologist, and much more. Real-life scenarios illustrate the situations death investigators encounter every day.

Death Investigation: The Basics emphasizes the diverse roles of the many professionals who make up a successful death investigation team, including coroners and medical examiners, physicians, emergency medical personnel, nurses, funeral directors, forensic technicians, law enforcement, the news media, and legal experts.

Includes numerous flow charts, tables, illustrations, and sample forms to help new investigators begin their first day on the job. Difficult questions are clarified, such as when professionals need to call on death investigators and when and why autopsies are ordered. The book also provides up-to-date information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and a detailed description of how to proceed with an infant death investigation.
About the author:

BRAD RANDALL, M.D., is a nationally recognized forensic pathologist, has served as Medical Examiner for most of the eastern half of South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa, and northeastern Nebraska during the last fifteen years. He is widely published and teaches at the University of Iowa College of Medicine. After frequent, panicked calls from new death investigators, Dr. Randall decided to write a guide for beginners to death investigation. His involvement in the Aberdeen Area Indian Infant Mortality Study sparked his interest in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Softcover, 192 pp.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: Death Investigators

2: Determining Which Deaths To Investigate Statutes; Community Service; Jurisdiction; Notification.

3: Scene Investigation Visiting Death Scenes; The Non-Homicide Scene; The Homicide Scene; Mass Disaster Scenes (Multiple-Fatality Incidents); The Displaced Scene; The Hospital Scene; Specialized Scenes; Entrance and Exit Wounds.

4: Body Identification Visual Identification; Identification at "Closed" Scenes; Other Methods of Identification.

5: Time of Death.

6. Public Relations Notifying Families; The Media; Documentation.

7. The Autopsy Forensic Pathologists; Families; Funeral Directors.

8. The Death Certificate Cause of Death; Manner of Death.

9. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome & Death Investigators Diagnosis of SIDS; Dealing with The Family or Caregiver; Impact on Family Members and Caregivers; Impact on Responders and Investigators; Current Research.

Bibliography

Appendices: Organizations; Death Investigation Form; Body Diagrams; MMWR Guidelines For SIDS Death Scene Investigation

Index

List of Figures
Figure P.1: Aberdeen Service Area of the Indian Health Service.
Figure 1.1: The Death-Investigation Team
Figure 1.2: Public-Health Roles of Death Investigators
Figure 2.1: Typical Death-Investigation Statutes
Figure 2.2: "Lost Hope County" Jurisdiction
Figure 3.1: Flow Chart for Scene Management
Figure 3.2: Right-Angled "Dicing" Injuries
Figure 3.3: Powder Residue-Intermediate Range of Fire
Figure 3.4: Powder Residue-Close Range of Fire
Figure 3.5: Powder Residue-Direct Contact)
Figure 3.6: Stellate Laceration from a Gunshot
Figure 3.7: Explosive-Destructive Gunshot Wound
Figure 3.8: Shotgun Wound-Close Range
Figure 3.9: Shotgun Wound-Intermediate Range of Fire
Figure 3.10: Shotgun Shell
Figure 3.11: Muzzle Imprint of a Double-Barreled Shotgun
Figure 3.12: Gunshot Entrance Wound
Figure 3.13: Gunshot Exit Wound
Figure 3.14: Matching a Weapon to a Wound
Figure 3.15: Coin-Rubbing Injuries
Figure 3.16: Stab Wound
Figure 3.17: Decomposed Body
Figure 4.1: Flow Chart for Corpse Identification
Figure 7.1: Determining the Need for an Autopsy
Figure 8.2: Detail of the Standard U.S. Death Certificate
Figure 8.3: Cause-of-Death Statement
Figure 8.4: Inappropriate Terms for Cause-of-Death Statements.
Figure 8.5: Cause-of-Death Statements in Unnatural Deaths
Figure 9.1: Distribution of SIDS Deaths by Age
Figure 9.2: Distribution of U.S. SIDS Deaths by Month, 1992
Figure 9.3: Investigation of Infant Deaths
Figure 9.4: Information to Collect in SIDS Investigations
Figure 9.5: Typical Physical Appearance of an Infant who Died of SIDS
Figure 9.6: Reactions of Parents and Caregivers after SIDS Deaths

©1997-2001, Galen Press, Ltd., Tucson, AZ

Extras:
Death Investigation Factoids
DECOMPOSITION
Funeral Industry Jargon
ORGAN AND WHOLE-BODY DONATION CARDS
"The Worm Song"
A Sample Protocol to Use When Speaking With Survivors
Expected versus Sudden, Unexpected Deaths (Table 1-1)

 

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