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A Baby Died. Where Were the Parents?

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/9780226804002.003.0006
A Baby Died. Where Were the Parents?

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This chapter discusses forensic investigation of the cause of infant death. The work of medical examiners in these cases involves simply conducting an autopsy to document the damage of the trauma and to rule out alternative, natural explanations. The only challenge lies in infants who are brought to the morgue with few or no signs of trauma. This chapter suggests that the investigation of infant deaths constitutes a prime site for observing forensic authority at work because these unexpected deaths require careful balancing of the sources of legitimacy underlying medical examiners' authority.

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

Chapter.  13503 words. 

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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