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    Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)

    The “Undetermined” Ruling: A Medicolegal Dilemma

    (Received 19 June 1978; accepted 7 August 1978)

    Published Online: April


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    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”).

    Author Information:

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

    Stock #: JFS10857J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10857J

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