CAUSE OF DEATH AND THE DEATH CERTIFICATE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PHYSICIANS, CORONERS, MEDICAL EXAMINERS, AND THE PUBLIC - PUB215
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Randy Hanzlick, MD, FCAP

Cause of Death and the Death Certificate is intended for any person who must prepare, review, or interpret cause-of-death statements appearing on death certificates or other medical documents, such as autopsy reports. Prepared by the Forensic Pathology, Autopsy, and Neuropathology Committees of the College of American Pathologists in conjunction with the National Association of Medical Examiners, the book provides information not only useful to physicians, medical examiners, and coroners, but to the public as well.

Contents include:

  • Summary of basic principles
  • Protocol for writing cause-of-death statements for natural causes in generaly
  • Issues involved in specific types of death:
    - the elderly
    - dementia and psychiatric illness
    - injury events, trauma, and fatal derangements
    - periprocedural complications
    - neonates and infants, including SIDS and sudden unexplained infant deaths
    - HIV infection
    - combinations of injury and disease
  • Mechanisms of death
  • Examples of specific types of deaths that pose dilemmas or involve special considerations
  • Guide for manner of death classification

Contents (PDF, 27 K)
Sample pages (PDF, 78.5 K)

Softcover, spiral bound; 244 pages; 2006
ISBN: 0-930304-90-X





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Cause of Death and the Death Certificate is intended for any person who must prepare, review, or interpret cause-of-death statements appearing on death certificates or other medical documents, such as autopsy reports. This comprehensive manual, derived mainly from previous COD publications from the CAP, includes protocols for writing cause-of-death statements for deaths due to natural and unnatural causes, in-depth discussions of death certification principles for commonly encountered deaths, and examples of specific types of deaths that pose dilemmas or involve special considerations. A Guide for Manner of Death Classification, prepared by the National Association of Medical Examiners, is included.