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• 1954 MI changed to an ME system
Manners of death: suicide, homicide, natural, accident, undetermined
On form and in autopsy mechanism then causes in regards to unnatural can just put
Death certificate is not a legally binding document/opinion
Natural: deaths due solely or nearly totally due to disease or aging
o Who found? What time found? Last time seen alive? Rigor mortis? Alger mortis?
o Medical history? Medications? Employment?
o How much did deceased drink? Any resuscitative efforts? Trauma on body?
o ID, mental/social history, toxicology
Undetermined usually young
Pending further testing required like toxicology and microbiology
o No trigger pull = accident
o Trigger pull = homicide
Result of medical treatment effect = natural (improper use of medical equipment is
Ricochet bullet w/legal fire is an accident, an illegal fire is homicide
Suicide by cop = homicide
High risk surgery = natural
Fear induced cardiac arrest = homicide ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course SPEA V366 taught by Professor Aleksey during the Fall '11 term at UCSB.
- Fall '11