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[Post-mortem medical examinations: practices of scientific autopsy and forensic autopsy, in the nineteenth century, in France].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Vesalius : acta internationales historiae medicinae
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
1
Pages
25–34
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PMID: 15386887
Source
Medline

Abstract

The performance of a pathological post-mortem examination is quite different from on carried out for medico-legal reasons. One is directed by a search fo scientific knowledge, the other by justice. Even though they have much in common, there are clear differences in the physician's practice and approach.Medico-legal considerations introduce technical modifications, including a more scrupulous external examination, giving the forensic expert an advantage not available to the pathologist. In addition, the forensic expert is often working under pressure, as he is obliged avoid any professional errors and may have to work quickly under difficult conditions.

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