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Death is inevitable. But what happens to the body after death? This book sheds a little light into the darker recesses of the morgue, answering--in exquisite detail--the questions we’re often afraid to ask: How and on whom are autopsies performed? What special techniques do pathologists and medical examiners use? When are bodies exhumed? Can the pathologist really determine an accurate time of death? How do I get a copy of--and decipher--an autopsy report?
Drawn from and expanding upon Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies, which the New York Public Library cited as one of the year’s best reference books, Autopsies: More Than You Ever Wanted to Know combines practical information people need to know, while describing the strange, amazing, and often horrific things that have been done to corpses—from ancient times to the present.
Some of the questions that are addressed in detail include:
•When are the dead autopsied?
•How autopsies are performed—step by step.
•Why bother doing autopsies?
•Are there alternatives to autopsies?
•What is the difference between coroners and medical examiners?
•What is the chance that my body will be autopsied?
•What happens to the organs and tissues after an autopsy?
•What do death investigators really do? Is it anything like TV’s CSI?
•How do I get a death certificate?
•How do I get and interpret an autopsy report?
•Can autopsies be done with CT scanners and MRIs?
•When is a body exhumed?
•How is an autopsy done on a decomposing corpse?
•How much do autopsies cost?
•Can I get a private autopsy done?
•What is a forensic pathologist? forensic anthropologist? forensic dentist? forensic entomologist?
•What is a profiler? Is it anything like TV?
•What regulations govern autopsies and funerals?

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