Dr. Zumwalt is responsible for training the largest group of forensic pathologists in America. This textbook serves as his legacy, as it exemplifies how he approaches the concept of death certification, death investigation, the forensic autopsy, and ancillary laboratory studies. The collection of case studies presented for each of the five manners of death (natural, accident, suicide, homicide, and undetermined) are not designed to be comprehensive, but rather, should give the forensic pathology trainee or pathology resident feel for the type of cases that a forensic pathologist would encounter on a day-to-day basis and be a blueprint on how to approach the cases and work them up satisfactorily to come to a competent determination of cause and manner of death.
About the Author
Dr. Zumwalt is board-certified in anatomic and forensic pathology, and served as Chief Medical Investigator of the State of New Mexico from 1991 through 2014. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, internship and pathology residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY; pathology residency at the Southwestern Medical School, Dallas; forensic fellowship training at the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office; and military service as Director of Laboratories at the Navy Regional Medical Center in Camp Lejeune, NC. He spent two years as deputy coroner in Cleveland, OH, and six years as deputy coroner in Cincinnati, OH, before coming to the Office of the Medical Investigator in 1987. He was a trustee of the American Board of Pathology from 1993 to 2004, was elected as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2003, served on a NAS Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Science Community from 2007 to 2009, and has served as president of NAME. He has also been a member for the following professional organizations: NAME, AAFS, CAP, ASCP, USCAP, AMA, and and AAAS.