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Post Mortem
Death Investigation in America

Things to Know Before You Go

Autopsy 101 The rate of autopsies has plummeted over the decades and this is troubling. Competent autopsies are beneficial, and needed, in a wide range of circumstances.
No National Standards, Little Oversight Our nationwide investigation has found that there is no federal oversight of death investigators or the offices in which they work.
Forensic Pathologists: The Death Detectives They specialize in determining the causes of sudden, unexpected or violent deaths. But experts say the U.S. is facing a critical shortage of these professionals.
How Qualified Is Your Coroner? In some states, the only requirement for the job is to be at least 18 years of age.
Documenting Death -- The Certificate The U.S. started maintaining vital records in 1900 and by the mid-1930s all states were collecting mortality data. How valuable -- and accurate -- is this information?


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Posted Feburary 1, 2011

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