Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
By Jessica Snyder SachsPosted 10.16.2004 at 3:00 pm 0 Comments
A light shines under the closed door of a radiology suite, down a darkened hallway deep inside the University Medical Center in Bern, Switzerland. Outside the building, under the glow of a fluorescent street lamp, an empty hearse waits in the loading dock. Tonight the local undertaker is earning some extra money making a special delivery. Entering the radiology room through a back door, he gently deposits a body—double-wrapped inside a blue bag—on the sliding bed of a full-body scanner.
Richard Stroud is the nation's chief medical examiner for wildlife, and he's getting a state-of-the-art lab. Poachers beware.
By Jessica Snyder SachsPosted 06.10.2004 at 9:00 pm 0 Comments
When it comes to fatal gunshot wounds, forensic pathologist Richard Stroud likes to examine things from the inside out. The bruising and tissue trauma, the size difference between entrance and exit wounds--everything becomes more obvious from the underside of the skin. Consequently, Stroud has developed a habit of skinning out the victims that pass across his autopsy table.
"Of course, I don't have to worry about families wanting the body back for burial," Stroud says.