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Back to the Future - Part 1. The medico-legal autopsy from ancient civilization to the post-genomic era.
Int J Legal Med. 2017 Jul; 131(4):1069-1083.IJ

Abstract

Part 1 of the review "Back to the Future" examines the historical evolution of the medico-legal autopsy and microscopy techniques, from Ancient Civilization to the Post-Genomic Era. In the section focusing on "The Past", the study of historical sources concerning the origins and development of the medico-legal autopsy, from the Bronze Age until the Middle Ages, shows how, as early as 2000 BC, the performance of autopsies for medico-legal purposes was a known and widespread practice in some ancient civilizations in Egypt, the Far East and later in Europe. In the section focusing on "The Present", the improvement of autopsy techniques by Friedrich Albert Zenker and Rudolf Virchow and the contemporary development of optical microscopy techniques for forensic purposes during the 19th and 20th centuries are reported, emphasizing, the regulation of medico-legal autopsies in diverse nations around the world and the publication of international guidelines or best practices elaborated by International Scientific Societies. Finally, in "The Future" section, innovative robotized and advanced microscopy systems and techniques, including their possible use in the bio-medicolegal field, are reported, which should lead to the improvement and standardization of the autopsy methodology, thereby achieving a more precise identification of natural and traumatic pathologies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public Health, University-Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy.Institute of Legal Medicine, University-Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany.Department of Biomedical, Biotechnological and Translational Medicine, University of Parma, Parma, Italy.Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public Health, University-Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy.University Center of Legal Medicine Lausanne-Geneva, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland.Department of Legal Medicine, Osaka City University Medical School, Osaka, Japan.Department of Forensic Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, Wakayama, Japan.Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public Health, University-Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy.Institute of Legal Medicine, University-Hospital Münster, Münster, Germany.Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, Section of Medical Humanities, University of Padova, Padova, Italy.Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, University of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt.Institute of Legal Medicine, University-Hospital Münster, Münster, Germany.Department of Legal and Occupational Medicine, Toxicology and Public Health, University-Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy. santodavide.ferrara@unipd.it.

Pub Type(s)

Historical Article
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28439696

Citation

Cecchetto, Giovanni, et al. "Back to the Future - Part 1. the Medico-legal Autopsy From Ancient Civilization to the Post-genomic Era." International Journal of Legal Medicine, vol. 131, no. 4, 2017, pp. 1069-1083.
Cecchetto G, Bajanowski T, Cecchi R, et al. Back to the Future - Part 1. The medico-legal autopsy from ancient civilization to the post-genomic era. Int J Legal Med. 2017;131(4):1069-1083.
Cecchetto, G., Bajanowski, T., Cecchi, R., Favretto, D., Grabherr, S., Ishikawa, T., Kondo, T., Montisci, M., Pfeiffer, H., Bonati, M. R., Shokry, D., Vennemann, M., & Ferrara, S. D. (2017). Back to the Future - Part 1. The medico-legal autopsy from ancient civilization to the post-genomic era. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 131(4), 1069-1083. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00414-017-1584-8
Cecchetto G, et al. Back to the Future - Part 1. the Medico-legal Autopsy From Ancient Civilization to the Post-genomic Era. Int J Legal Med. 2017;131(4):1069-1083. PubMed PMID: 28439696.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Back to the Future - Part 1. The medico-legal autopsy from ancient civilization to the post-genomic era. AU - Cecchetto,Giovanni, AU - Bajanowski,Thomas, AU - Cecchi,Rossana, AU - Favretto,Donata, AU - Grabherr,Silke, AU - Ishikawa,Takaki, AU - Kondo,Toshikazu, AU - Montisci,Massimo, AU - Pfeiffer,Heidi, AU - Bonati,Maurizio Rippa, AU - Shokry,Dina, AU - Vennemann,Marielle, AU - Ferrara,Santo Davide, Y1 - 2017/04/24/ PY - 2017/02/20/received PY - 2017/03/29/accepted PY - 2017/4/26/pubmed PY - 2017/11/1/medline PY - 2017/4/26/entrez KW - Bio-Medicolegal sciences KW - Forensic autopsy KW - Forensic histopathology KW - Forensic pathology KW - Guidelines KW - Medico-legal autopsy SP - 1069 EP - 1083 JF - International journal of legal medicine JO - Int. J. Legal Med. VL - 131 IS - 4 N2 - Part 1 of the review "Back to the Future" examines the historical evolution of the medico-legal autopsy and microscopy techniques, from Ancient Civilization to the Post-Genomic Era. In the section focusing on "The Past", the study of historical sources concerning the origins and development of the medico-legal autopsy, from the Bronze Age until the Middle Ages, shows how, as early as 2000 BC, the performance of autopsies for medico-legal purposes was a known and widespread practice in some ancient civilizations in Egypt, the Far East and later in Europe. In the section focusing on "The Present", the improvement of autopsy techniques by Friedrich Albert Zenker and Rudolf Virchow and the contemporary development of optical microscopy techniques for forensic purposes during the 19th and 20th centuries are reported, emphasizing, the regulation of medico-legal autopsies in diverse nations around the world and the publication of international guidelines or best practices elaborated by International Scientific Societies. Finally, in "The Future" section, innovative robotized and advanced microscopy systems and techniques, including their possible use in the bio-medicolegal field, are reported, which should lead to the improvement and standardization of the autopsy methodology, thereby achieving a more precise identification of natural and traumatic pathologies. SN - 1437-1596 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28439696/Back_to_the_Future___Part_1__The_medico_legal_autopsy_from_ancient_civilization_to_the_post_genomic_era_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00414-017-1584-8 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -