Forensic pathology is a specialized area of pathology. The forensic pathologist performs autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death in situations falling under the jurisdiction of the local medical examiner or coroner. These situations include, however, are not limited to violent deaths such as homicides, accidents, and suicides. Other categories are suspicious deaths, sudden and expected deaths, deaths in children and infants, prisoners, persons under the care of an institution, situations where illicit drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the death, deaths occurring during or in close proximity to a surgical procedure, deaths in individuals not under the care of a physician or when the private physician is unable or unwilling to certify the death certificate, and deaths when there is suspicion of a public health threat
With my aim of serving the people and curiosity to know the human body I chose Medicine for Graduation, during this period I happened to learn about this subject which not only help serve the people ( study of Diseases and Patient Management) and also secure the community, by aiding in the administration of justice.
Besides this, associating with the Lawyers,Police and Forensic Scientist in dealing with the crime itself is more challenging and exciting.All this can be achieved only by being a Forensic Pathologist.
That's not correct,majority failed to realize that studying the dead(old or new Disease) is the only basis for evaluating the standard clinical management of a disease or Condition. Many diseases unknown for centuries were explored only through Postmortem Examination.
Day starts with knowing the number of cases scheduled for Postmortem Examination by the coroner,analyzing the history or circumstances of the Death through records,police or interview with the family members,Postmortem dissection,recording the findings and Reporting.Visiting the crime scene and Interviewing the Witness and discussing with Investigating Officer will be part of the routine work.
It is the satisfaction I get when my expertise absolved an Innocent of his charges and a Guilty being Penalised.
Waiting in the court and the attitude of the people around us towards the dead.
This is something which can never be fixed.It is the prerogative of the forensic Patholigist to extend the postmortem examination period as and how the situation demands. In straight forward cases I take about 15 minutes to study the circumstances,analyzing the history,30 minutes for Postmortem dissection and another 15 minutes for recording the findings.In homicides,suspected homicides,suspicious deaths the PM examination period may be extended upto 5-6 hours or more.
He should have a broader knowledge in both the basic and clinical sciences,good command over the Language,Experience in the subject,a mind of detective,Element of Common Sense and a passion to serve the dead,above all interest in the subject.
Unlike other subjects we have no time limit,as the work of the Forensic Pathologist doesn’t end up with closing the body,infact the work begins after that like corroborating the gross and ancillary investigation findings,cirscumstances,literature study,consultation and discussion and finally the Postmortem Report..
I know this will put me into controversy but I would like to put my views that Forensic Pathology is beyond the limits of General Pathologist, who studies organs retrieved from the Living body and their findings can be peer revived by another pathologist.Whearas The forensic Pathologist is rarely peer revived unless a wealthy criminal defendant handles the Case. Forensic Pathology is not just Microscopical study of organs it is a whole lot of experience with the dead/crime, which no literature in the world can substitute.
This again will put me into hot debate well I want to reiterate my personal views, the Forensic Pathologist(Forensic Medicine specialist) in developed nations will be better off with the infrastructure availability and funds,with the increased crime rate reported in most of the underdeveloped and developing nations the forensic pathologist will be more experienced with the practical work at the same time they have very less time for Ancillary investigation like Histopathology/Serology/Microbiology etc(only in most important cases) because of the increased number of cases dealt per day. Shortage of staff is another major contributing factor.on the contrary the Developed nations has more time and facility for due to less crime rate and number of cases thearby they have more days or hours on each autopsy for example neuropathology,serology,biochemistry,microbiology etc Hence to uphold highest level of Professionalism a good and constant interaction through journal clubs, Conferences should be encouraged and uniform standards to be adopted.
Probably this question is because I deal with the dead, I have conducted thousands of Autopsies like you I am yet to see a ghost/Soul or experience after Life or before Life events.