Post Mortem: Death Investigation in America
"Every day in America, nearly 7,000 people die. And when it happens suddenly, it's assumed there will be an investigation, like in CSI. But the reality is very different.'.. "There are medical experts whose job it is to figure out why and how people die. They are called forensic pathologists, or medical examiners, and they perform the post-mortem, the autopsy, your last physical exam." "The difference between competent death investigation and incompetent death investigation may be the difference between what side of a state border you're on. There may be areas where on one side of the border, you have a statewide medical examiner and competent death investigation. The other side of the border may be a small county coroner with few resources and little training in death investigation."