Department of Legal Medicine, Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine

The Immediate Objective

In order to gain a deeper understanding of society and plan improvements in the objectivity and accuracy of medico?legal autopsies, firstly, it is important to nurture and functionalize sub-specialities for conducting routine work in each forensic facility.

In addition, for our achievements to receive appropriate evaluation as “normal” social contributions, it is important for us to actively disseminate information in society as facilitators.

In other words, to overcome prejudices and misunderstandings against medico?legal autopsy, which have become rooted due to an excessive emphasis on the “investigation of the cause of death,” especially to exclude the individual and empirical “discretion” of experts as much as possible, it is socially important to utilize test methods of medical biochemistry, molecular pathology, and toxicology, which have a high degree of objectivity and post-mortem imaging study based on the fundamental concepts of forensic pathological diagnosis, to “visualize” the pathophysiology of a complex death, and to comprehensively and exhaustively analyze it.

Further, the systematic and coordinated development of autopsy imaging and biochemistry and molecular pathology is beneficial for the objective “visualization” of morphological and pathophysiological diagnostic evidence and is the minimum requirement in the practice of “precise and accurate autopsy” for conducting diagnosis of the cause of death and evaluation of the process of death.