Contriving an opinion of cause of death is something that requires a good expertise in the subject knowledge<br>and the right set of discriminative skills. The immediate and basic causes of death, circumstances surrounding<br>the death, and the investigation findings of police officers are all the necessary prerequisites to be gathered,<br>before formulating an opinion. Decisions on the cause of death most often de facto will decide the manner<br>of death.<br>A forensic pathologist can give causes of death in a logical sequential manner. Hume’s and Mill’s philosophy<br>is something to be always borne in the mind of a forensic pathologist. Istanbul Protocol is the only literature<br>mentioning as to how to opine an effect, with respect to the causes or circumstances that led to the effect.<br>This can be extrapolated to have five different compartmentalised categories of opinions. Unless there is<br>certain uniformity in opining, the more are the chances of confusion among our fraternity and the judiciary
Anu Sasidharan and Al-Kandary, N. M., “Contriving an Opinion of Cause of Death in Autopsies”, Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & ToxicologyIndian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 58-62, 2020.