Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment

Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment is a self-directed evaluation that helps readers to identify and understand the causes, manners, and mechanisms of child death.

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Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment is an educational text based on Dr. Mary Case’s groundbreaking clinical reference: Forensic Pathology of Child Death. Within a series of chapters detailing the various types of abusive trauma, Dr. Case guides readers through the historical and contemporary understandings of the causes, manners, and mechanisms of child death. This assessment includes an abundance of case studies derived from genuine cases of maltreatment, giving readers the opportunity to evaluate scenarios they may encounter in the field.

Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment concludes with a comprehensive test section wherein readers can apply and demonstrate their newfound knowledge. In the test section, readers will be able to review the key takeaways of the assessment and engage in the critical analysis of additional case studies. This text will serve as a critical educational resource for forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, pediatricians, members of law enforcement, and any other professionals who work as child advocates.

Features and Benefits:
— 30+ case studies
— Authored by a nationally recognized expert
— Ideal for both self-evaluation and classroom use
— Written for medical examiners, coroners, and forensic pathologists at every level of experience

Product Details:

Perfect Bound 11 x 8.5 inches
184 pages, 195 images


Forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, pediatricians, law enforcement officials, forensic nurses, and any other medicolegal death investigator.

Publication date:

February 2022.


978-1-953119-05-6 (Print)
978-1-953119-06-3 (eBook)

Table of Contents

Section I: Definitions

Section II: Introduction
1. Fatal Child Maltreatment, Medical Examiners,
and Forensic Autopsy

Section III: Pathological Evaluation
2. Head Trauma
3. Injuries of the Spine and Spinal Cord
4. Chest Trauma
5. Abdominal Trauma
6. Blunt Soft Tissue Trauma
7. Burns
8. Subtle Lethal Abusive Injury
9. Organ and Tissue Procurement

Section IV: Test Questions

Section V: Answer Key

Mary E. Case, MD

Mary Case is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in pathology at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center and is board certified in anatomical pathology, neuropathology, and forensic pathology. In addition to being a professor of pathology and codirector of the Division of Forensic Pathology at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Case serves as chief medical examiner for the cities of St. Louis and St. Charles, and Jefferson and Franklin Counties. Her primary practice is forensic pathology, and her areas of special interest are childrens’ injuries and head trauma.

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In her book Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment, Dr. Mary Case offers the reader a comprehensive review of child deaths that is not only a reference for forensic pathologists but can also be useful for forensic autopsy technicians, death investigators, professional nurses, and physician assistants. Dr. Case explores the role of the forensic pathologist and medical examiner/coroner, the medicolegal systems responsibilities, and the components of a forensic autopsy, and she includes photographs that largely depict the information given within the text. Dr. Case explains the deaths and categories of deaths that jurisdiction is taken regarding organ and tissue procurement, and why there is an acute need for children’s tissues and organs, and she summarizes the decision-making process of the medical examiner/coroner. She presents case studies with ample photographs that support the importance of being familiar with documentation and bodily injuries when making decisions. This book, with its extensive descriptions, photographs, and discussions, will provide a practical approach to assist in making determinations and decisions when faced with a fatal child maltreatment case.

Annette A. Cannon, PhD, MA, RN, MSN, D-ABMDI
Jefferson County Coroner
Jefferson County Government
Golden, Colorado

The investigations of sudden unexpected death in children are some of the most challenging for the forensic pathologist. These deaths are even more challenging when they involve neuropathological injury. This book, whose lead author is both a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, is organized by body region, which offers an extremely practical approach for the forensic pathologist. An entire volume, as it should be, is devoted to the neuropathology of pediatric head trauma. Detailed discussions of injuries and mechanisms of injury are intermixed with referenced studies which put our understanding of these injuries in proper context and elevate this work beyond the typical descriptive forensic pathology text. It is an academic, well-referenced work that also includes over 150 color images and numerous case studies. Not only will forensic pathologists and fellows find this valuable, but given the well-written, concise discussions and descriptions, the non-medical pediatric death investigator will also find it understandable and beneficial.

Forensic Pathology of Child Death Assessment is a condensed and restructured version of Dr. Case’s original work in a workbook format that includes an assessment section, allowing readers to test their newly gained knowledge. This workbook adds an extra quality educational tool for forensic pathologists, medical examiners, coroners, and others who investigate or teach about these deaths.

James R. Gill, MD
Chief Medical Examiner
State of Connecticut
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

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