unending sequence of decisions in its wake, the courts are taking some steps to try to assure better science in the courtroom. Court decisions aiming to improve scientific testimony have implications not only for the work of experts investigating death but also for all the technical analyses and judgments on which medical examiners or coroners rely.

The topics covered in this workshop are related to how a modern, professional, scientific system of medicolegal death investigation can diversify its role and increase its utility in connection with public health and surveillance. Examples include serving as a sentinel for unusual deaths, serving as a tool for quality improvement in the health care system, and, of course, dealing with the gravest contemporary concerns: bioterrorism and mass disasters.

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