Birrell, who had made the post-mortem
examination of the deceased.
Tomorrow I want you to bring me, before night, a set of post-mortem knives.
And if there is no necessity for a post-mortem and nothing to gain by it, no good to her, to us, to science, to human knowledge, why do it?
examination, which showed long-standing
A lawyer is no better than an old woman at a post-mortem examination.
You are aware, I suppose, that it is not the coroner's business to conduct the post-mortem, but only to take the evidence of the medical witness?
The doctor being called, described a personal peculiarity, which he had noticed at the post-mortem
examination, and which might lead to the identification of the murdered man.
No: he can set any post-mortem
examination at defiance.
On the 9th of November, 1867, the old man died; at least his dead body was discovered on the 10th, and physicians testified that death had occurred about twenty-four hours previously--precisely how, they were unable to say; for the post-mortem
examination showed every organ to be absolutely healthy, with no indication of disorder or violence.
examination disclosed nothing; every organ was normal and sound.
The surgeon who had performed the post-mortem
The medical man who examined him, being informed of this circumstance, considered the post-mortem
appearances as being perfectly compatible with murder by smothering--that is to say, with murder committed by some person, or persons, pressing the pillow over the nose and mouth of the deceased, until death resulted from congestion of the lungs.