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Working Stiff

Judy Melinek, MD, takes a scalpel to the field of forensic pathology and more

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I Tried to Protect My Mother From Dying in Pain. The Law Robbed Her of That Dignity.

It's time to clear the roadblocks to Medical Aid in Dying in the U.S.

June 16, 2024
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TikTok and the Death of Nex Benedict

We should think twice about how mental health discussions are regulated on social media

May 3, 2024
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The Baltimore Bridge Collapse Aftermath: Determining Causes of Death

The answers have legal and international repercussions

April 2, 2024
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A Forensic Mission Following the Hamas Terrorist Attacks in Israel

One physician's on-the-ground experience after the October 7 attack

October 27, 2023
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Perverse Economies: Who Is Worth Saving?

It's often cheaper to let people die

January 5, 2023
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COVID Finally Got Us in New Zealand

A look at parenting and pathology as the pandemic drags on

August 22, 2022
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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: The Antivax Protests

Judy Melinek, MD, on COVID-19, disinformation, and the "new normal"

March 18, 2022
Demonstrators hold signs at the Defeat the Mandates Rally in Washington D.C.
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Bad Falls and Bad Calls: Speculation on Bob Saget's Death

Second-guessing the forensic pathologist was bad science and lazy journalism

February 23, 2022
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Pay-Per-View Autopsy: Sideshow or Science?

Dissecting the history and ethics of public autopsy

January 11, 2022
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We Now Know Gabby Petito's Cause of Death

Coroner gives update

October 15, 2021
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We Know the Manner of Gabby Petito's Death. But What's the Cause?

All we have at this stage is public speculation

September 30, 2021
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Cognitive Bias Is Influencing Forensic Pathology Decisions

Here are ideas for how to minimize it

September 24, 2021
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Surfside Collapse: Beyond the Immediate Aftermath

A forensic pathologist's perspective on "the last responders"

July 8, 2021
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