Autopsies fall into three categories: Medico-Legal Autopsy or Forensic or coroner's autopsies
Anatomical or academic autopsies
Clinical or Pathological
autopsiesMedico-Legal Autopsy or Forensic or Coroner's autopsies
are performed to identify the cause and manner of death and to identify the deceased. They are generally executed, as dictated by applicable law, in cases of violent, suspicious or sudden deaths, deaths without medical assistance or during surgical procedures. It is performed by a Police SurgeonClinical or Pathological autopsies
are executed to diagnose a particular disease or for research purposes. They shed light into the pathological processes that lead to death
of the person. Clinical autopsies are sometimes performed to assess the standard of care of hospitals. It is done by a pathologist.Anatomical or academic autopsies
are performed by students of anatomy for study purpose. This is usually possible when a person has given permission in advance of their death.