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1. Condition of body as regards muscularity, stoutness, emaciation, rigor mortis
2. Marks of identification specially in the case of the body of an unknown person.
4. State of natural orifices, ears, nostrils, mouth, anus, urethra, vagina.
5. Injuries—nature, exact position and measurement including direction, especially
in incised wounds.
6. Bones and Joints.
7. External organs of generation.
8. Additional remarks.
I.—Head and Neck
6. Spinal Cord.2
7. Additional remarks.
1. Scalp, skull bones (Vertex).
4. Base of the skull.
A. Walls, ribs, cartilages. F. Pericardium.
B. Pleurae. G. Heart with weight.
C. Larynx, Trachea and Bronchi. H. Large vessels.
D. Right lung. I. Additional remarks.
E. Left lung.
4. Buccal cavity, teeth, tongue,, and
6. Stomach and its contents.
7. Small intestine and its contents.
8. Large intestine and its contents.
9. Liver (with weight) and gall bladder.
11. Spleen with weight.
12. Kidneys with weight.
14. Organs of generation.
15. Additional remarks with, where pos-
sible, medical officer's deduction from
the state of the contents of the
stomach as to time of death and last
C.—DATE AND HOUR OF ONSET OF SYMPTOMS. To be answered
Do. OF DEATH . in case of poisoning.3
D.—OPINION AS TO CAUSE AND MANNER OF DEATH.
Date. Medical Officer.
The medical officer holding a post-mortem examination should "be
familiar w,ith the normal and pathological appearances of the viscera and
should be able to interpret post-mortem findings by proper training and
experience. He should note the time of the arrival of the body at the
morgue, the date and hour of the post-mortem examination and the name
of the place where it was held. The necessary papers authorizing the medical
officer to hold an autopsy are frequently brought by the police long after
the body has arrived. This dilatory method on the part of the police has
occasionally led to the decomposition of the body in the post-mortem room
even when it has arrived in a good condition. It is, therefore, safer to note
the exact time of delivery of these papers. There should be no unnecessary
delay in holding a post-mortem examination. It should be made as soon as
the papers are brought, and the excuse of attending upon a midwifery case
2. Spinal Cord need not be examined unless any indications of disease, strychnia
poisoning or injury exist,
3. In case of exhumation the dates of burial and exhumation should be furnished.