What is an autopsy?

An autopsy is a medical examination of a body after death. Autopsies are done to determine cause of death, or to verify diagnosis.

Why is an autopsy performed?

Autopsies are performed for several reasons, including the following:

Who performs the autopsy?

Autopsies ordered by the state can be performed by a county coroner, who is not necessarily a physician. A medical examiner who performs an autopsy is a physician, usually a pathologist.

How is an autopsy performed?

Autopsy procedure begins with the general and ends with the specific:

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