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Subspecialties Forensics, Profession, Clinical care, Training and education, Microbiology and immunology

A Simpler System

The complete diagnostic autopsy (CDA) is often considered the gold standard of death investigation. But in many situations, such an examination is not possible – for instance, when necessary facilities are lacking or in areas with cultural or religious taboos. Unfortunately, less invasive methods are not always possible in resource-limited settings either, because many of them rely on expensive equipment and techniques, or on the availability of highly trained professionals. And yet, the need for death investigation is greater than ever in such settings – so what can be done to balance the importance of conducting such investigations against the difficulty in doing so? The answer lies in a simplified method of minimally invasive autopsy that requires less time, less training and less overall effect on the subject of the examination.

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