Updated December 4, 2007
Pathologists perform autopsies that not only determine the person's cause
of death, but may also discover more information about the genetic progression
of a disease. This discovery can help family members take preventive action
for their own health and can aid researchers in developing future treatments.
Pathologists also perform autopsies in conjunction with death investigations
when an individual dies unexpectedly or as the result of injury or outside agents.