Dr. Carol J. Huser

Position: Coroner’'s Report

Email: chuser@durangoherald.com

What to do when a man crosses a line?

Almost 40 years ago, while I was a student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, a faculty member made unwanted advances. He began by complimenting my clothes and appearance. During...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Wrong or false? The difference holds consequences

When doctors disagree, one opinion is incorrect. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to decide whether an incorrect medical opinion is simply wrong or, in the legal sense, “false” as in...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

For medical examiners, veterans’ death certificates are complicated

America owes military veterans a lot – perhaps enough to fudge their death certificates a little. Most medical examiners have been asked by the next of kin of a deceased veteran to put a disease or...

DATE: April 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Forensic pathologists in short supply

One of forensic medicine’s biggest failings is its inability to meet the needs of defense attorneys and their clients. Forensic pathologists are in short supply. We’d need almost double the current...

DATE: March 3, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Expert intuition: Sometimes, Sam sensed a murder

Sam Johnson, my chief forensic investigator in Florida, was remarkable. Sometimes, he just knew. He couldn’t say how he knew. He couldn’t explain what he looked for. But Sam was often able to...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

A high drug level is not always the cause of death

During my forensic pathology training, I autopsied a man who had the second-highest cocaine level ever reported. I was a fellow at the medical examiner’s office in Suffolk County, New York, when...

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Could letters from a medical examiner curb the opioid crisis?

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the opioid crisis. Drug traffickers, greedy pharmaceutical companies and inadequate treatment centers contribute. So do the prescribing practices of...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Medical opinions can miss the mark

“The Undoing Project,” published in 2017 by Michael Lewis, is the most interesting book I’ve read in ages. Lewis chronicles the careers of Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. In...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Sexual abuse leaves an indelible imprint on a life

In a perfect world, girls and women subjected to sexual abuse would speak out immediately. Appropriate charges would be brought, and families would support prosecution. This is not a perfect world....

DATE: Oct. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

A DNA test implicates an innocent man. What happened?

Lukis Anderson couldn’t remember any murder. “Nah, nah, nah. I don’t do things like that,” he told his public defender when the DNA results came back. “But maybe I did.” Anderson, a 26-year-old,...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Murder, DNA and a wild-goose chase across Europe

Police detectives across Europe called her “The Woman Without a Face.” She’d murdered at least six people and committed some two dozen lesser crimes in three countries. In 1993, a 62-year-old...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Certifying drug deaths pose challenge for medical examiners

A researcher from Harvard University called after I responded to a survey sent to members of the National Association of Medical Examiners. He wanted to know what criteria medical examiners use to...

DATE: July 9, 2018 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

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