Forensic Pathology

by: Fayth Farrar

What is Forensic Pathology?

Forensic pathology is determining the cause and nature of a death
Many ways to determine these things:
  • Investigate witnesses and crime scene
  • Research medical history of the victim
  • Perform an autopsy on the body
  • Collect and analyze evidence

How is This Field Used in Forensics?

Forensic pathology is important to forensics to solve crimes because it determines the major factors of a crime: how the person died and the nature of the crime. Forensic pathologists can perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Most cases use forensic pathology because it is a crucial part of an investigation and can help as evidence in trials also.

Requirements To Enter Forensic Pathology Field

  • Bachelors Degree
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) or D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)
  • Residency in Pathology
  • State Licensure
  • Must be certified by the American Board of Pathology

Case Using Forensic Pathology

In a case that occurred in 2007, a man, James Patrick Maloun faced a trial for the death of his baby son, Gage Maloun. After forensic pathologists researched the case and finished an autopsy, they determined that the 7 month old had died from blunt force head trauma. This was due to the fact that the father, James Patrick Maloun had shook the baby and caused Gage to have shaken baby syndrome, which means that the brain rotates in the head and causes complications with the eyes and skull, as well as other long term effects. They had also been able to determine that it was a homicide because the baby couldn't have caused the trauma by himself.

Works Cited

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"Forensic Pathology." National Institute of Justice. Web. 31 Aug. 2015.

"Forensic Pathologist: Education Requirements and Career Information."Study.com. Web. 31 Aug. 2015.

"Forensic Pathologist Testifies in Toddler's Slaying." CJOnline.com. Web. 01 Sept. 2015.