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medical examiner

[′med·ə·kəl ig′zam·ə·nər]
(forensic science)
A professionally qualified physician duly authorized and charged by a governmental unit to determine facts concerning causes of death, particularly deaths not occurring under natural circumstances, and to testify thereto in courts of law.
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Judges started laughing when the medical examiner illustrated his point by trying to bite his own shoulder in the witness stand.
During the past few decades, several diseases of public health importance, including new or emerging infectious diseases, have been recognized and identified through the collaborative efforts of public health partners and medical examiners, performance of autopsies, and subsequent postmortem diagnostic testing (2-4).
However, following an initial Medical Examiner investigation into death circumstances which subsequently determines death to be natural in manner, State Law [section] 16-5-19 (d) (2) provides that the Medical Examiner may direct the decedent's attending or family physician, or the physician who pronounces death, to complete the death certificate.
According to the lawsuit, Purifoy said she first learned that Tom's brain would be used for medical study when an official at the Suffolk County medical examiner's office called a few days after her husband's death to say his brain would be studied.
Announcing the results of toxicology tests, the New York City medical examiner said: "Mr Heath Ledger died as the result of acute intoxication by the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine."
Hayne, Mississippi's quasi-official state medical examiner, had testified that the victim's bullet wounds supported the prosecution's theory that Edmonds and his sister had shot the man together, each putting a hand on the weapon and pulling the trigger at the same time.
CAUSE OF DEATH: FORENSIC FILES OF A MEDICAL EXAMINER isn't just for college-level students of forensic medicine: it's a pick for any interested in forensic investigations, which will include many a legal reference collection as well as public library patrons.
"Cualquier caso que ocurra fuera de una instalacion medica o una muerte que ocurre como resultado de un trauma o algo que no es natural, sera reportado a nuestra oficina", dijo Jennifer Coston, una tecnica forense del Harris County Medical Examiner's Office.
The primary research took place in a medical examiner's office where Timmermans attended autopsies over a period of three years.
To the Editor.--As a former chief medical examiner of the District of Columbia, I would like to add a brief historical footnote to Hanzlick's comprehensive review of the relationship between medicolegal investigative agencies and the public health.
Last week, the New York City medical examiner confirmed that ten bone fragments found by workers on the roof of 130 Liberty Street last fall were human.
As part of the preliminary research being conducted for development of the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) program, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in the process of identifying 5,000 medical examiners who currently perform physical examinations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to complete a survey that will help define the role of the medical examiner.

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