Challenging the authority of the autopsy in coronial investigations

Carpenter, Belinda J., Tait, Gordon, Barnes, Michael, & Naylor, Charles (2012) Challenging the authority of the autopsy in coronial investigations. In Vultagione, Julie & Forester, Kyle (Eds.) Pathology: New Research. NOVA Science Publishers, USA, New York, pp. 35-54.

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The central purpose of this chapter is to address the tension between legal and medical discourses within the coronial/medico-legal system. In the context of a death investigation, medical expertise, manifest through the knowledge gained in an internal autopsy, is positioned as contributing the more valuable facts of the case, especially when contrasted with the evidence gathered at the scene of the death. We challenge this taken for granted understanding of medical knowledge in three ways: first, we examine the aspects of the history, philosophy and consequences of the processes by which the medical model gained its current dominance; second, we challenge the assumption that internal autopsy adds value to the death investigation, by utilising data from our own research in Australia; and finally, we engage with the debate about the purpose of a coronial/medico-legal investigation and role of an internal autopsy within that system.

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ID Code: 53482
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: death, autopsy, coroner
ISBN: 9781621006985
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Deposited On: 05 Sep 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 16:05

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