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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-02-08 07:52 PM
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103. A message, not lost on those watching, perhaps.
http://dbm.maryland.gov/dbm_publishing/public_content/d...

"In 2007 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner investigated 10,180 cases. Based on date of death, 24% (9,885) of the estimated 41,890 deaths that occurred in Maryland in 2007 were identified as Medical Examiner cases, Annotated Code Health-General 5-309 (as of 1-17-08).

On investigation, 42% of these cases (4,128) required an autopsy, in accordance with Health General 5-310(b)(1), to determine the cause of death. This represented a decrease of 191 autopsies over 2006 figures.

Two categories of violent deaths: Accidents and Firearms, decreased from the 2006 years totals.

However, three categories of non-natural deaths, homicides, suicides, and fire fatalities increased.

2007 2006 Percent Change
Accidents (MVAs) 617 679 -9.0%
Homicides 577 575 +0.3%
Firearm caused 662 684 -3.0%
Fire fatalities 120 86 +40.0%
Suicides 508 492 +3.0%

Wonder if this was a "medical examiner's case" and, if so, why no autopsy?

CHAPTER 69
(House Bill 394)
AN ACT concerning
State Postmortem Examiners Commission Office of the Chief Medical
Examiner Postmortem Examiners Law


) (1) If the medical examiner who investigates a medical examiners
case considers an autopsy necessary, the Chief Medical Examiner, Medical Examiner,] A DEPUTY CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER, an assistant medical
examiner, or a pathologist authorized by the Chief Medical Examiner shall perform
the autopsy.
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