ORVILLE RICHARDSON, J. D.; HERBERT S. BREYFOGLE, M.D.
Substantial rights, duties, and penalties created by statute, contract or the common law and affecting life, liberty, and property often depend upon whether a death was caused or hastened by disease, accident, suicide or homicide or some combination of these causes. In the investigation of any sudden death one should consider all possibilities, and never, at the outset, arbitrarily limit the scope of the inquiry.3 Appearances mislead and deceive quite as often in medicolegal investigations as in clinical medicine, and in the former there are additional complicating factors: purposeful simulation to hide crime or obtain money, and the fact that
RICHARDSON O, BREYFOGLE HS. MEDICOLEGAL PROBLEMS IN DISTINGUISHING ACCIDENT FROM SUICIDE1. Ann Intern Med. ;25:22–65. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-25-1-22
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