Forensic Pathology is is the legal branch of pathology concerned with:
- Determining cause of death (including murder, accident or unexpected death)
- Examination of some wounds and injuries due to crime or negligence
- Examination of tissue specimens that may be relevant to rape, or other crimes.
The examination of dead bodies (autopsy) is closely realated to anatomical pathology. CORPSE: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death, by science writer Jessica Snyder Sachs.