Southwest Life

Debate about 'shaken baby' misses the point

The American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a position paper this month that replaces the term "shaken baby syndrome" with the more generic "abusive head trauma."So I learned last October at...

DATE: May 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Lab's mistake begs a larger question

Last September, after a Michigan State Police audit of results from the Detroit police firearms laboratory, criminal justice officials ordered the Detroit crime lab shut down.The audit was ordered...

DATE: March 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Canadian group takes huge hit; is ours better?

None of his colleagues threw themselves into the challenging area of pediatric forensic pathology, untrained, quite the way Dr. Charles Smith did.From 1981 to 2005, he was a pediatric pathologist...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Forensic pathology, mediocre or no?

"Forensic pathology is the last bastion of medical mediocrity," said Dr. Anderson, my mentor during general pathology residency.A staff pathologist at the teaching hospital where I studied, he had...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report