Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which organ is particularly important for detecting poison?

2. What did Travis and Peters do to cover up the crime?

3. What was the original cause of death listed on Daphne Mellon's death certificate?

4. What did the funeral director miss when preparing the body for funeral?

5. Why does Baden offer to do a minimum autopsy?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. How did Baden know Paul Fried had not committed suicide?

3. Explain why the prisoners at Attica were rioting, including those things mentioned that were problems for the corrections board.

4. Explain the disparity between Dr. Lee's issued cause of death and Baden's issued cause of death for Dr. Brown.

5. Describe how Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Hess were killed by the other inmates.

6. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

7. Describe why a body in the desert mummifies, and why a body in the Arctic stays bacteria free.

8. Explain how the defense for Hendricks tried to argue the digestive system argument, and Baden's counter argument.

9. Explain what Baden notices about Sunny's levels of alcohol and barbiturates, and why he calculates them as fatal levels at the time of her coma.

10. Explain Ondine's syndrome.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The case of Carl Cappolono is listed as being an almost perfect crime. However, this case had several holes in it that eventually led to Carl's demise. Based on the book, what kinds of mistakes do killers make that eventually come back to haunt them? What do killers assume about poison, and why is this assumption incorrect? How can an ME detect poisons long after they have been administered, according to the tests done in the book? What does this say about the idea that poison killings are killings without a trace?

Essay Topic 2

Baden discusses the use of forensic medicine to help humanity. After reading the book, how do you think forensic medicine can help humanity beyond locating a cause of death? Do you think this role is important? Why? What does the role of an ME have on criminal trials and other investigations? Is this important? When combined with the knowledge that public opinion can overpower science, is the role of a medical examiner more or less important? Why? Be sure to use concepts from the book to explain your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the case of Paul Fried in detail. What were the original circumstances surrounding Paul's death? What caused further investigation? What role did his wife, Catherine, play? What was their relationship like? Who came forward with information, and what was that information? How was a new cause of death discovered? What was the result? How did the autopsy findings affect this case? What does this say about the importance of a proper autopsy in any case of death?

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