What Does a Forensic Pathologist Do?
- Determines the cause of death by examining a corpse
- Studies the medical history
- Evaluates crime scene evidence including witness statements
- Performs an autopsy to uncover evidence of injury or disease
- Evaluates tissues, organs, and body fluids
- Collects medical and trace evidence from the body for further analysis
How Do They Help Solve Crimes?
- examine the body at the crime scene before it is moved
- try to determine the preliminary time of death and cause of death
- provide investigators with details about the events / conditions at the time of the crime
- bachelor's degree
- medical degree, either an M.D. or D.O
- 13-15 years in school
- four to five years of training in anatomic, clinical and/or forensic pathology
- one-year residency or fellowship in forensic pathology
The Case of Lisa McPherson
- Scieftologist who died from a blood clot from a car accident
- Some people tried to make a lot of noise about it
- The medical examiner made false claims about McPherson's death
- Forensic pathologists did further investigation
- The medical examiner's claims were unfounded
- She did not lose 50 lbs and wasn't mistreated
- Died of natural causes
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