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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Stefan Timmermans

Abstract

As elected coroners came to be replaced by medical examiners with scientific training, the American public became fascinated with their work. From the grisly investigations showcased on highly rated television shows like C.S.I. to the bestselling mysteries that revolve around forensic science, medical examiners have never been so visible—or compelling. They, and they alone, solve the riddle of suspicious death and the existential questions that come with it. Why did someone die? Could it have been prevented? Should someone be held accountable? What are the implications of ruling a death a suic ... More

Keywords: elected coroners, medical examiners, scientific training, C.S.I., forensic science, suspicious death, suicide, homicide, accident, perfect crime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226803982
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Timmermans, author