08-23-10 Medicolegal System

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08-23-10 Medicolegal System I. Fascination in Death a. Greek God of death- Thanatos b. Dates back to the 1100’s Council of Nimes- Cardinal rule against suicide c. First reported inquest 1635; first official corner Jan 29 th 1637 II. Forensic Medicine a. Application of medical knowledge to legal questions III. Medicolegal Communities a. Coroners i. Elected officials who may be lay persons b. Medical examiners i. Physicians who are forensic pathologists IV. Duties of the Coroner System a. Identify body b. Notify next of kin c. Collecting belongings-> return to the family d. Signing death certificates V. Coroner system needed for: a. Resources (i.e. rural town, crime rate not high enough) b. May not have qualified individuals c. May not have enough time to necessitate a full time forensic pathologist d. Historical inertia VI. Medical Examiners a. Licensed physicians b. Specialized in forensic work c. Determine time, cause and manner of death
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d. Issues the death certificate i. FLORIDA HAS A MEDICAL EXAMINER SYSTEM ( Statute 406 11) e. All sudden or unexpected deaths/ any factor other than natural disease they
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