Autopsy

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An autopsy is a medical investigation to determine cause of death or extent of disease after death. It usually involves some dissection.

The word comes from the Greek meaning "of seeing with one's own eyes"[1]

An unauthorized autopsy is a tort creating a cause of action by a family member entitled to the body.[2]

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References

  1. The Merriam-Webster Concise School and Office Dictionary, 1991
  2. Alderman v. Ford, 146 Kan. 698, 72 P.2d 981 (1937); French v. Ochsner Clinic, 200 So.2d 371 (La.1967); Burney v. Children's Hospital, 169 Mass. 57, 47 N.E. 401 (1897); Larson v. Chase, 47 Minn. 307, 50 N.W. 238 (1891); Crenshaw v. O'Connell, 235 Mo. App. 1085, 150 S.W.2d 489 (1941); Hendriksen v. Roosevelt Hosp., 297 F.Supp. 1142 (S.D.N.Y.1969); Hill v. Travelers' Ins. Co., 154 Tenn. 295, 294 S.W. 1097 (1927); Koerber v. Patek, 123 Wis. 453, 102 N.W. 40 (1905). Cf. Dean v. Chapman, 556 P.2d 257 (Okla.1976).
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