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This course is designed for persons interested in death scene investigations. Participants will learn about all aspects of medicolegal death investigation including classification of death types, identification of deceased persons, appropriate evidence collection at a death scene, the external appearance of the body in both violent and natural deaths, and post mortem changes to the body. Relationship to the scene of death is emphasized as are features of various injuries/wounds and determination of causation [some of the material on external examination will also apply to the living e.g., assault victims.] This course outlines the interdisciplinary approach to death investigation by highlighting the roles of the coroner (medical examiner), pathologist, police & forensic scientists.
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