The “Undetermined” Ruling: A Medicolegal Dilemma

    Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 April 1979

    Page Count: 9

    Murphy, GK
    Associate pathologist, Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio

    (Received 19 June 1978; accepted 7 August 1978)


    For many years it has been the duty of coroners and medical examiners not only to investigate deaths of medicolegal interest but also to render an opinion as to the cause and manner of death. “Cause of death” is understood to be the primary disease, injury, or physiologic disturbance that brings about a person's death. “Manner of death” is ruled “natural” when death results solely from a disease process and “unnatural” when death results from unavoidable injury (“accident”), conscious intent of the decedent (“suicide”), or the act of another (“homicide”).

    Paper ID: JFS10857J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10857J

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    Title The “Undetermined” Ruling: A Medicolegal Dilemma
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30