Watch: The Human Body Autopsy for Poison

The scenes-of-crime officer or the police might have given their own opinion that the deceased (found at a crime scene) was poisoned — but as the pathologist, standing tall in your morgue (it’s like your second home, right?) and ready to go, it’s up to you to read what a person’s organs and tissues spell, examine them closely, and write up your findings as an official cause of death.

It’s time to pick up your scalpel, pull down your face mask, and do that last minute of rigorous hand-washing — because we’re about ready to take you back to the cold, hard slab and we’ll need your results, Doctor.

Before we actually start cutting anything open, it’s important that you confirm any findings that have been related to you by examining the body externally. We’ve written up the method for this already, and you can find it here.

If you’re prepared to move ahead, it’s time to make an incision and start getting up-close and personal with the decedent’s (a polite way to say dead person’s) inner contents.

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