Forensic Neuropathology

Forensic Neuropathology

A Practical Review of the Fundamentals

1st Edition - August 23, 2007

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  • Authors: Hideo H. Itabashi, MD, John Andrews, MD, Uwamie Tomiyasu, MD, Stephanie Erlich, MD, Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, FRCP(C),
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549842
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120585274

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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.

Key Features

  • Over 800 high-quality full-color photographs, gross and microscopic as well as illustrative line drawings
  • Use of actual cases, briefly summarized and illustrated to emphasize key principles
  • Focuses on the most-commonly encountered cases as relate to forensic incident and covers these aspects in depth and detail


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 academic
and private practice and in training, especially those whose work includes expert witness

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: August 23, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549842
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120585274

About the Authors

Hideo H. Itabashi, MD

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Medical Examiner and Neuropathology Consultant, Department of Coroner, County of Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Uwamie Tomiyasu, MD

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, UCLA School of Medicine, U.S.A.

Stephanie Erlich, MD

Affiliations and Expertise

Deputy Medical Examiner, Neuropathology Consultant, Department of Coroner, County of Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, FRCP(C),

Dr. Sathyavagiswaran is a medical graduate from Stanley Medical College, Madras University, India. He is a 30 plus year veteran of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, and was appointed as Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner (CME-C) for Los Angeles County on February 18 1992 by the Board of Supervisors, who also appointed him to the position of Director in 2012 and he retired from his position in 2013. He is a Board Certified Physician in several specialties including Anatomic, Clinical & Forensic Pathology, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is also certified in pathology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. As a peace officer, he holds a specialized law enforcement executive certificate from the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, State of California. Dr. Sathyavagiswaran is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Keck School of Medicine USC and has numerous publications to his credit.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in Infectious Diseases/Forensic Pathology/Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Keck School of Medicine USC, USA; Clinical Professor (Volunteer) Pathology

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