Position: Coroner’'s Report

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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

Feds’ help needed to improve death investigations

Everyone who missed the NPR/PBS Frontline/ProPublica documentary about death investigation that aired Feb. 1 should go online and watch it.The program wove snippets from interviews with several...

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

Sometimes not even the pros can agree

A 23-year-old child molester dug up an 81-year-old woman’s grave and set her body on fire to fake his own death. It worked. The medical examiner mistook the charred body for that of the child...

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

Unlike alcohol, broccoli doesn’t fry the brain

I love broccoli – buttered, roasted, cheese-smothered or raw. It’s one of my favorite vegetables.Some people (President George H.W. Bush is a famous example) hate it, and I never understood why...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Impartiality not always in evidence

The Raleigh News & Observer and other media outlets have reported that North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation crime lab has distorted evidence or withheld exculpatory evidence in over 200...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Temptation there to prove more than you know

I began seriously considering forensic pathology as a career during my residency, and to test whether I had the stomach for the job, I called the county coroner and asked to view an autopsy.“Sure,”...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

Adult negligence in child deaths difficult to bear

What could be worse than knowing that your child died because of your negligent inattention? How should such a death be certified? What should be the punishment?A Washington Post writer won a 2010...

DATE: Sept. 12, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

‘Greatest Generation’ veteran leaves behind a legacy of service

“I’ll do what I have to do,” Walter (Bud) Epling said in April.The pain in his side nagged, but it was bearable, so he cleaned ditches and burned weeds and irrigated fields as he’d always done. The...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: Coroner's Report

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