Forensic pathology education

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How 'Talking' Corpses Were Once Used to Solve Murders

For centuries, oozing wounds were seen as proof of guilt in court—but even in death, women’s testimony was considered less credible than men’s.<p>From unreliable hair analysis to mishandled DNA samples, modern forensic science has seen its share of troubles. But there’s still plenty to be thankful for …

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The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons

From quicklime to boiling to bugs.<p>Here are some instructions for preparing human bones for display, from circa 1543:<p>Step 1. Acquire a corpse. No, no …


Joint #pathology #histology #BSTpath #joint

The Law and the Dead

BBC Radio 4 - Law in Action, The Law and the Dead

With a report due on the findings of an inquiry into the nuclear industry's use of organs from dead workers for medical research, Clive Coleman examines the law governing what happens to your body when you are dead and what it means for people who want to give away - or even sell - bits of …


A man regained consciousness after 15 years in a vegetative state. But what does that really mean?

We’re terrible at defining the difference between life and death.<p>It’s difficult to agree on one definition of consciousness, so it’s confusing to read reports that someone who was in a coma for 15 years suddenly regained it. What does it mean to be aware of yourself and the world around you? If you …


Histology Guide - A Virtual Histology Laboratory

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Death certification

Death certification serves both legal and health functions.<p>A Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) is a statutory requirement, it provides a …

Death Certification Review Service Annual Report: 2016–2017

Each year in Scotland, there are approximately 57,000 deaths. Every death in Scotland must be certified by a doctor who completes a form called a …

Alcohol Intoxication Mimics: ED DDx + Approach to Management - - Emergency Medicine Education

<b>Authors: Joe Bennett, MD (EM Resident Physician, NYU / Bellevue) and Hilary Fairbrother, MD, MPH (EM Attending Physician, NYU / Bellevue) // Edited</b> …

Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified

<i>Collected Cases of Injustice Rectified</i> or the <i>Washing Away of Wrongs</i> is a Chinese book written by Song Ci in 1235 during the Song Dynasty (960-1276) …

Are pathologists becoming mere technicians?

How many hours each workday do you spend interacting with a computer screen instead of a person? As a pathologist, if you are signing out digital …

Cross your heart: Some historical comments about fibrinous pericarditis.

2004 Feb;35(2):147-9.<p>1Department of Pathology, The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, 52242-1087, USA.<p>Abstract<p>This article …

Chronic passive congestion is "speckled" like a grated nutmeg kernel; dark spots: dilated and congested hepatic venules. Paler areas normal

Criminal Dismemberment

Criminal Dismemberment: Forensic and Investigative Analysis<p>edited by Sue Black, Guy Rutty, Sarah V. Hainsworth

Evidence: Inflammatory Photographs

Rotation Prep

Introduction<p>Diseases that affect the skin are often evaluated and managed by internists and other nondermatologists. Many dermatologic diseases are …

Basic #pathology. An abscess is a collection of neutrophils (look like tiny Mickey Mouses or ants). See this ➡️ rule out infection.

Dissection of R carotid artery from level of takeoff from brachiocephalic artery to bifurcation of internal and external carotids #forensics

CBL, acute subarachnoid hemorrhage: no PMNs, intact RBCs, distinct molecular, granular, Purkinje layers: < 1 hour. #neuropath #forensicpath

Fat emboli: ~85% of trauma patients w/ attempted resuscitation have fat emboli at autopsy. Why else? #pulmonarypath #forensicpath

Getting under the skin

It's 15 years since England's last public post-mortem, but what was the history of human dissection up to that point?<p>Before the invention of X-ray in …

How the Human Eye Works

The eye is a sensory organ that perceives light, transforms it into an electrical signal, and sends it to the brain to produce an image.<p>Sclera<p>The …


Extensive bone remodeling (due to osteomyelitis). Great display of osteoblasts, osteocytes, and osteoclasts in action! #pathology #BSTpath

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome — NEJM

Source Information<p>From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical …

Image Challenge

XGP, an unusual variant of chronic pyelonephritis, occurring in the setting of obstruction due2 infected renal stones👉non-functioning kidney

Crusted Scabies — NEJM

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Medical Journals

Classic example of giant cell arteritis. Destruction of arterial wall by inflammation w giant cells. Pics: Alireza Mesbah. #Pathology