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Overall cardiac shape may be conical (normal), globoid, or irregular (as with a ventricular aneurysm), and one or more chambers may be abnormal in shape. The color of the subepicardial myocardium may be gray with an old infarct, pale with chronic anemia, and mottled or hemorrhagic with an acute infarct or rupture. Left ventricular consistency can be firm (due to hypertrophy, fibrosis, amyloidosis, calcification, or rigor mortis) or soft (due to acute myocardial infarction, myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, or decomposition).

21. Moritz AR, Morris CR. Handbook of Legal Medicine, 3rd ed. V. Mosby, St. Louis, MO, 1970. 19 22. Pounder DJ, Fuke C, Cox DE, Smith D, Kuroda N. Postmortem diffusion of drugs from gastric residue. Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1996;17:1–7. AN ANNOTATED REFERENCE LIST FOR THE OCCASIONAL FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST Bass WM. Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual, 3rd ed. Special Publication No. 2 of the Missouri Archaeological Society, Columbia, MO, 1987. A useful handbook when examining skeletal remains, especially when the skeleton is fragmentary.

Missouri Archaeological Society, Special Publication, 1987. 16. Ubelaker DH. Human Skeletal Remains: Excavation, Analysis, Interpretation, 2nd ed. Teraxacum, Washington, DC, 1989. 17. Hirsch CS. The format of the medicolegal autopsy protocol. Am J Clin Pathol 1971;55:407–409. 18. Adams VI, Hirsch CS. Venous air embolism from head and neck wounds. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1989;13:498–502. 19. Churg A. Poison Detection in Human Organs, 2nd ed. Charles C. Thomas, Tallahassee, FL, 1969. 20. Moritz AR, Morris CR.

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