‘Natural’ and ‘Unnatural’ medical deaths and coronial law: A UK and international review of the medical literature on natural and unnatural death and how it applies to medical death certification and reporting deaths to coroners

@article{Harris2017NaturalA,
  title={‘Natural’ and ‘Unnatural’ medical deaths and coronial law: A UK and international review of the medical literature on natural and unnatural death and how it applies to medical death certification and reporting deaths to coroners},
  author={Andrew Harris},
  journal={Medicine, Science and the Law},
  year={2017},
  volume={57},
  pages={105 - 114}
}
  • A. Harris
  • Published 1 July 2017
  • Medicine
  • Medicine, Science and the Law
In the United Kingdom, when people die, either a doctor writes an acceptable natural cause of death medical certificate, or a coroner (fiscal in Scotland) investigates the case, usually with an autopsy. An inquest may or may not follow. The concept of ‘natural or unnatural cause’ death is not internationally standardized. This article reviews scientific evidence as to what is a natural death or unnatural death and how that relates to the international classification of deaths. Whilst there is… 

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