Volume 19, Issue 1 (January 1974)
Postmortem Chemistries on Blood with Particular Reference to Urea Nitrogen, Electrolytes, and Bilirubin
A great deal of work has been done on postmortem chemistry of blood, cerebrospinal fluid, and vitreous humor with the hope that biochemical abnormalities which exist during life can be demonstrated from examination of postmortem material. The author began investigation into this field in 1967 by performing tests on both serum and vitreous humor taken from cadavers at varying postmortem intervals. The results of the investigations on vitreous humor have already been published [1,2] as well as some of the studies on postmortem serum [3,4]. The following material represents part of the original investigation and has been presented orally both formally  and informally, but has never been available for review by other people interested in the subject.