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The Hope of Forensic Authority

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226803982
eISBN:
9780226804002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the future of forensic authority. It identifies the threats to forensic authority and explains that a loss of trust in authority may bring down a career in forensics, the ... More


A Baby Died. Where Were the Parents?

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226803982
eISBN:
9780226804002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter discusses forensic investigation of the cause of infant death. The work of medical examiners in these cases involves simply conducting an autopsy to document the damage of the trauma and ... More


Making the Case for Heart Disease

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226803982
eISBN:
9780226804002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter examines issues surrounding the determination of the cause of death as being heart disease in forensic investigation. It presents an observation about medical examiners who often wrote ... More


The Organ and Tissue Trade

Stefan Timmermans

in Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226803982
eISBN:
9780226804002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226804002.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the conflict between forensic investigation and organ and tissue transplantation organization in relation to postmortem manipulation. At stake in conflicts with organ and ... More


Molecular Biology and the Dispersion of Technique

in Truth Machine: The Contentious History of DNA Fingerprinting

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226498065
eISBN:
9780226498089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226498089.003.0005
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses inquiries made by several administrative agencies in the United States in the 1990s to determine whether or not forensic uses of DNA profiling techniques were acceptable to the ... More


The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention

Sameena Mulla

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479800315
eISBN:
9781479878901
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479800315.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

Every year in the United States, thousands of women and hundreds of men participate in sexual assault forensic examinations. Drawing on four years of participatory research in a Baltimore emergency ... More


Bad Death

Trais Pearson

in Sovereign Necropolis: The Politics of Death in Semi-Colonial Siam

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501740152
eISBN:
9781501740176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501740152.003.0002
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter identifies distinct registers of different semantic projects focused on the corpse. State interventions—including vernacular forms of forensic investigation and the “verdicts” rendered ... More


A Death at Crooked Creek: The Case of the Cowboy, the Cigarmaker, and the Love Letter

Marianne Wesson

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814784563
eISBN:
9780814784570
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814784563.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

One winter night in 1879, at a lonely Kansas campsite near Crooked Creek, a man was shot to death. The dead man's traveling companion identified him as John Wesley Hillmon, a cowboy from Lawrence who ... More


Lost Detectives: Policemen, Torture,

Pablo Piccato

in History of Infamy: Crime, Truth, and Justice in Mexico

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780520292611
eISBN:
9780520966079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520292611.003.0004
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter looks at policemen and detectives in postrevolutionary Mexico. It discusses the weakness of forensic methods and the lack of prestige of police and private detectives. It examines the ... More


Suggestibility in the Courtroom: How Memory Can Be Distorted During the Investigative and Legal Process

Fiona Gabbert and Lorraine Hope

in Finding the Truth in the Courtroom: Dealing with Deception, Lies, and Memories

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190612016
eISBN:
9780190612030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190612016.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

Due to the constructive nature of memory, recollections for events are easily contaminated or distorted by information encountered after the event took place. People can therefore mistakenly report ... More


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