Mysteries Unravelled by Postmortem Examination

  • Cyril H. Wecht


Dissection of the human body was performed as long ago as the 3rd century BC to obtain medical knowledge. A postmortem examination conducted on Julius Caesar concluded that only one of 23 stab wounds inflicted by his fellow Roman senators was fatal. In 1247 AD, the Chinese compiled a fascinating tome, The Washing Away of Wrongs, which set forth guidelines for medical investigators called upon to determine whether an individual found dead unexpectedly had died from unnatural causes. This remains today as one of the oldest classics on forensic medicine.


Postmortem Examination Medical Examiner Forensic Pathologist Medical Malpractice Product Liability 
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