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Click on the two autopsy links
a. http://www.pathguy.com/autopsy.htm ( The pathology guy)
b. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bVL9kbvfWY ( virtual autpsies)

These links do not show all of the steps of an autopsy, but will give you the general idea
. A coroner is a political position, while a medical examiner is a physician.

1. Discuss autopsy after viewing the links
2. Do you know anyone who had an autopsy and why?

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1. Discuss autopsy after viewing the links .

Autopsy is a special surgical operation performed by trained physicians on dead body. It is used for the investigation about the person's health during life, and how they actually died. The pathologist first examines the outside of the body for external appearances related to injuries. The body is opened up using a Y-shaped incision from shoulders to mid-chest and down the pubic region. If the head is opened, the pathologist makes a second incision across the head, joining the bony prominences just below and behind the ears. No bleeding result from these incisions as there are no blood pressure ...

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Autopsy is a special surgical operation performed by trained physicians on dead body. It is used for the investigation about the person's health during life, and how they actually died.

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