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Chapter 4 - The Elder Autopsy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 July 2020

Kim A. Collins
LifePoint Inc, South Carolina
Roger W. Byard
University of Adelaide
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The autopsy is a medical and surgical procedure designed to holistically examine the entire body. Autopsies of elders are often not performed in our society, particularly if any substantial medical history is known, even when death occurs outside a medical facility. Reasons for this surround issues of resources and generally, in the context of a comprehensive death investigation system, such omissions may be acceptable.

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Print publication year: 2020

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