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Role of Forensic Pathology in Clinical Practice and Public Health: Need for a Re-birth

IV Onyiaorah


Background: Forensic pathology is fashioned primarily to provide expert service to the justice system as it relates to investigation of death and criminal trial. However, the role is broader as it plays important role in medical research and is of immense benefit to clinicians, patients, and the public health system. The request for and performance of autopsy have been on the decline despite its obvious merits to medical practice, the patients and public health. Several surveys have exposed some reasons for this decline.
Method: This work is a review of the role of forensic pathology to medical practice and public health. The author reviewed selected relevant literatures and put together the role of forensic pathology to proper health planning and efficient patient care.
Conclusion: A need for the rebirth of autopsy practice is emphasized by highlighting the need for awareness creation among doctors and the general public.

Keywords: Autopsy, forensic, medical practice, public health.

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