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Outside the Lab Profession, Forensics, Microbiology and immunology, Clinical care

A Light in the Darkness

No death investigation is trickier or more fraught with ethical and legal concerns than one concerning a young child. And yet, these are the investigations where providing families with a conclusive cause of death can bring the most relief – and, in some cases, make the most difference to a court case. These cases are inevitably heartbreaking, so it is a true honor to be entrusted with them and to select the most sensitive and appropriate examinations to bring closure to the question: why did this happen?

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Marta Cohen

Marta Cohen is a consultant pediatric histopathologist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, UK.

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