Research Article| Volume 18, ISSUE 2, P279-322, June 1998

Developing Medicolegal Death Investigator Systems in Forensic Pathology

  • Jeffrey M. Jentzen
    From the Department of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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  • Mary Fran Ernst
    Address reprint requests to Mary Fran Ernst, Chief Investigator, St. Louis University Medical School, 6039 Helen Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63134.
    The Department of Pathology, Division of Forensic and Environmental Pathology, St. Louis University School of Medicine, and the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office, St. Louis, Missouri
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      As a result of recent national events involving high-profile murder cases, medicolegal death investigation has begun to slowly receive the attention it deserves. Despite continued local problems of financial support and political control, the development of regionalized centers of forensic excellence is gradually improving the access of rural and suburban aeas to high-quality forensic science services. Recent efforts to improve the quality of lay death investigators through hiring practices, training, and certification promises to eventually provide more professionally qualified and experienced death investigators.
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