Dr. Carol J. Huser

Position: Coroner’'s Report

Email: chuser@durangoherald.com

The autopsy dissected: It’s an imperfect art

“I make canoes,” said Dr. Stewart Dawson, an associate medical examiner in Suffolk County, N.Y., when I trained there as a forensic pathologist. With impish gallows humor, he was referring to the...

DATE: March 11, 2012 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

There’s no easy conclusion from the SIDS debate

A recent paper in Academic Forensic Pathology discussed the “prevailing false concept that SIDS is a real and discrete diagnostic entity ...”The paper titled “The Death of SIDS” suggests SIDS, or...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2012 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

DNA helps case, leads daughter, boyfriend to jail

“You’re a long-coat doctor now,” Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsch said, distinguishing between the short jackets of students and the thigh-length white coat that identifies a fully trained...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

‘Homicide’ was the correct call, despite the critics

According to a story in TheDenver Post, Alonzo Ashley, 29, “claimed to be a lion before he tackled and beat a zoo guard.”When police officers tried to restrain Ashley, he resisted. The Post reports...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Medical alert more important than most think

“Help! I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!”This phrase – a television ad for a medical alert device with a button you can push to summon for help – has become a pop-culture joke. It’s funny, but also...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Doctor-to-doctor favor gets a little too complicated

Sometimes medical examiners do favors for friends, and sometimes they regret it.Dr. Wallace Graves Jr., my predecessor in Florida, was district medical examiner when the population was smaller and...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Professional killer: The fear of being wrong

Dr. Joan Wood, former district (chief) medical examiner in St. Petersburg, Fla., died last month at 67. In the years after she resigned under pressure, Dr. Wood became a recluse. Neighbors rarely...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Anthony case a dilemma for medical examiner

Dr. Jan Garavaglia, “Dr. G” of the cable television show “Dr. G: Medical Examiner,” is a district (chief) medical examiner in Florida and the pathologist who autopsied 2-year-old Caylee Anthony,...

DATE: July 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Child neglect? Medical experts face tough choice

Should parents be compelled to seek medical treatment for a sick child? If they don’t, and the child dies, how should such a death be certified?A forensic pathologist in another state sought...

DATE: June 12, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Medical examiner may not be immune to bias

Should forensic scientists know as little or as much as possible about the facts of the underlying case?An article from the University of California, Irvine, school of law addresses this question...

DATE: May 8, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Do you really need to do that autopsy?

Not long ago, a man asked me to explain the laws governing coroners and advise him if, by living will or some other legal means, he could protect himself and his wife from what he perceived as “a...

DATE: April 10, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Suicide may be your choice, but don’t make me lie

Washington state’s Death with Dignity Act requires coroners and medical examiners to lie.In 2008, Washington became the second state after Oregon to make it legal for physicians to prescribe...

DATE: March 13, 2011 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

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