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Fabien Provost

In contemporary forensic medicine, in India, the label of complete autopsy applies to a whole range of post-mortem examinations which can present consid- erable differences in view of the intellectual resources, time, personnel and material means they involve. From various sources available in India and elsewhere, stems the idea that, whatever the type of case and its apparent obviousness, a complete autopsy implies opening the abdomen, the thorax and the skull and dissecting the organs they contain. Since the nineteenth century, procedural approaches of complete autopsies have competed with a practical sense of completeness which requires doctors to think their cases according to their history. Relying on two case studies observed in the frame of an ethnographic study of eleven months in medical colleges of North India, the article suggests that the practical completeness of autopsies is attained when all aspects of the history of the case are made sense of with regard to the observation of the body. Whereas certain autopsies are considered obvious and imply a reduced amount of time in the autopsy room, certain others imply successive redefinitions of what complete implies and the realisation of certain actions which would not have been performed otherwise.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Nico Randeraad

defects (causing death in the first week), old age (after age 60), violence, disease and unknown causes. They also spoke at length about making post-mortem examination a common practice everywhere, and the possibility of having physicians conduct them as a matter of course. The post-mortem had been widely introduced to prevent live burials. The statisticians saw this practice as 73 chap3.indd 73 02/12/2009 12:14:18 States and statistics in the nineteenth century an opportunity to learn more about the causes of death in general, but clearly there were too few doctors

in States and statistics in the nineteenth century
Crucial collaboration, hidden conflicts
Markku Hokkanen

government wanted to enlist mission doctors to carry out post-mortem examinations where administration doctors were not available. Whilst Laws was keen to assist the authorities whenever possible, he strongly rejected any suggestion that mission doctors should be forced to carry out post-mortem examinations and to actually exhume the bodies (practices that were viewed with suspicion by the majority of the

in Beyond the state
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

skirmishes or ambushes were not secretly buried, but entered the legal regimes of the dead body. Accordingly, as is obligatory with unnatural or violent deaths, these bodies were assigned to a police domain. Photographed, fingerprinted, and transported to a police mortuary, the corpse would be recorded in a mortuary register as ‘unknown black male’ or ‘unknown terrorist’, and a state pathologist or state-appointed district surgeon would conduct a post-mortem examination. In many instances, even where identity had been established, these ‘unknown’ bodies were not released

in Human remains and identification
Where and when does the violence end?
David M. Anderson and Paul J. Lane

part of authorised post-​mortem examinations, and subsequently by Jackes in her use of these bones as modern analogues for inferring traces of violence in Mesolithic Europe.54 Further violence was enacted upon the bones when an agreement was reached between Leakey and Rogoff to divert what should have been their normal course to interment, whether by relatives or the state, towards their deposition within the museum. Once accessioned, numbered, boxed away and stacked on sto­ rage racks, the bones gradually lost their identity as human beings, becoming instead mere

in Human remains in society
Exhumations of Soviet-era victims in contemporary Russia
Viacheslav Bitiutckii

through features of the skeleton, which can in principle be done as part of medical/judicial post-mortem examinations. On the other hand, it is necessary to have access to the execution lists, but these are held in archives which are closed to us. It is also necessary to have knowledge of the regulations governing executions, and the transportation of corpses. Given these conditions and, perhaps, a little good will, in those situations where the executions and burials involved groups of people, hope may be preserved that the ‘curse of anonymity’ might one day be lifted

in Human remains and identification
Open Access (free)
Jenny Edkins

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as dozens of people remain missing’.55 On Saturday 17 June the Metropolitan Police announced the formal identification of al-Haj Ali ‘following a post mortem examination carried out on Friday, 16 June at Westminster Mortuary’.56 Friends and family raised funds for his funeral, which took place on 21 June, and the Home Office facilitated his parents’ journey from Syria to attend.57 According to a Home Office spokesman, speaking EDKINS 9781526119032 PRINT.indd 180 22/02/2019 08:35 the grenfell tower fire 181 on Saturday 17

in Change and the politics of certainty
Open Access (free)
Literary satire and Oskar Panizza’s Psichopatia criminalis (1898)
Birgit Lang

1880s. In 1882 he advised his mother to have his sister treated psychiatrically after she had made a suicide attempt. The death of his uncle Ferdinand in a psychiatric hospital in 1884 must have increased Panizza’s fears for himself – Panizza attended his relative’s post-mortem examination and wrote an extensive report.67 In ‘Genie und Wahnsinn’ (‘Genius and Insanity’), his first talk on the topic of genius to the bohemian and writerly audience of the modernist association Die Gesellschaft in Munich in 1891, he elaborated that ‘however much the ∙ 104 ∙ LITERARY

in A history of the case study