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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Bias in the Autopsy Room

Unfortunately, many medical examiners think of themselves as part of the prosecution team. It's so easy to fall into that frame of mind. The cops say, "Hey, if you can place the time of death at 3 AM, we've got this guy cold. After that he's got an alibi." And then you start hearing about all the hideous things the "bad guy" has supposedly done in his life, while viewing all the bad things that someone did to this body on the table before you. But I have to be alert to what will guide me and what might mislead me because sometimes, of course, the cops have got it wrong.

Michael Baden, M. D. and Marion Roach, Dead Reckoning, 2001 

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