Forensic Neuropathology

A Practical Review of the Fundamentals


  • Hideo H. Itabashi, MD, Former Head, Neuropathology, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA; Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine, U.S.A.
  • John Andrews, MD, Deputy Medical Examiner and Neuropathology Consultant, Department of Coroner, County of Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
  • Uwamie Tomiyasu, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine, U.S.A.
  • Stephanie Erlich, MD, Deputy Medical Examiner, Neuropathology Consultant, Department of Coroner, County of Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
  • Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, FRCP(C),, Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner, Department of Coroner, County of Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Forensic Neuropathology provides superior visual examples of the more commonly encountered conditions in forensic neuropathology and answers questions that arise regarding neuropathological findings. The work includes values for frequently-encountered clinical assessments, and contains a more comprehensive summary of aging/dating of various neuropathological processes than is available in any other single current source. General pathology residents, forensic pathology and neuropathology fellows, and general pathologists and clinicians involved in referred cases will find this book extremely useful, as will individuals in allied fields such as law enforcement officers and attorneys. Forensic Neuropathology aims to: (1) provide a concise summary of practical information frequently needed in forensic neuropathology cases; (2) include selected material previously known but perhaps not significantly emphasized in current literature; and (3) where possible, to suggest aging/dating parameters for certain neuropathological findings relevant to forensic neuropathology testimony. As a selective reference, the volume emphasizes practical issues and focuses on the most commonly encountered issues among neuropathology and medical examiner professionals.
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Medical examiners (forensic pathologists) who conduct medicolegal autopsies; neuropathology consultants to medical examiners offices; neuropathologists in private and academic practice; expert witnesses and attorneys whose practice includes neurological,neurosurgical or neuropathological questions.Pathologists in private and in academic practice, and neurologists and neurosurgeons in academicand private practice and in training, especially those whose work includes expert witnessactivities.


Book information

  • Published: August 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-058527-4


"The colored (gross and microscopic) pictures [in Forensic Neuropathology] are of an excellent quality. The text is very clear and didactically arranged. [It] can be recommended to forensic and clinical pathologists, neuropathologists and to individuals in allied fields, such as law enforcement officers and attorneys." International Journal of Legal Medicine

Table of Contents

The Forensic Neuropathology Autopsy: Selected Gross and Microscopic Examination Considerations; The Forensic Neuropathology Autopsy: Developmental Considerations; Dating/Aging of Common Lesions in Neuropathology; Neuropathology of Pregnancy and Delivery: Mother and Child; Malformations and Other Congenital Central Nervous System Lesions; Blunt Force Head Injury; The Suspected Child Abuse Case; Injuries Due to Firearms and Other Missile-Launching Devices; Sudden Unexpected Death; Responses of the Central Nervous System to Acute Hypoxic/Ischemic Injury and Related Conditions; Vascular Diseases of the Central Nervous System; Infections of the Central Nervous System; Brain Tumors; Neurodegenerative Disorders; Demyelinating Disorders; Periprocedural Complications; Miscellaneous Topics