Reliance on internal autopsies in coronial investigations : a review of the issues

Barnes, Michael & Carpenter, Belinda J. (2011) Reliance on internal autopsies in coronial investigations : a review of the issues. Journal of Law and Medicine, 19(1), pp. 88-100.

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Internal autopsies are invasive and result in the mutilation of the deceased person’s body. They are expensive and pose occupational health and safety risks. Accordingly, they should only be done for good cause. However, until recently, “full” internal autopsies have usually been undertaken in most coroners’ cases. There is a growing trend against this practice but it is meeting resistance from some pathologists who argue that any decision as to the extent of the autopsy should rest with them. This paper examines the origins of the coronial system to place in context the current approach to a death investigation and to review the debate about the role of an internal autopsy in the coronial system.

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ID Code: 51025
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: autopsy, coroner, death
ISSN: 1320-159X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Criminology not elsewhere classified (160299)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2012 06:13
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:44

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