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Making the Case for Heart Disease

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803982
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226804002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0002
Making the Case for Heart Disease

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This chapter examines issues surrounding the determination of the cause of death as being heart disease in forensic investigation. It presents an observation about medical examiners who often wrote arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) on death certificates. ASCVD implies that a hardening and narrowing of the arteries around the heart has caused or contributed to the death. This chapter explains the mechanism through which forensic authority operates and suggests that medical examiners' work procedures favor a particular set of causes of death.

Keywords: cause of death; forensic investigation; ASCVD; forensic authority; medical examiners

Chapter.  17515 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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