Dr. Dudley has written a series of manuals on Medicolegal Death Investigation.  In addition to helping to prepare you for certification, these publications will serve as an important resource for you in your profession.  


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Forensic Medical Investigation Textbook

This  comprehensive review of forensic medical investigation includes a review of the members of the forensic science team, blunt and sharp force injury and gunshot wounds, accidental and environmental deaths, child fatalities, sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse. 

(268 pages)


Investigation Protocols

A book of protocols in checklist format and alphabetical order for easy use in injury and death investigation data gathering to assist in narrative documentation to prepare reports of investigation.

(79 pages)


Basic Pathology

Specifically written for the non-pathologist (e.g. death investigators, law enforcement officers, or funeral directors) to explain medical terminology used by pathologists in autopsy reports and death certificates.

(73 pages)


Case Study Workbook

This workbook presents a forensic case study description followed by questions related to the scenario.  A separate section includes answers and discussion for each case study.

(41 pages)


Forensic Investigations, Certification Exam Questions - Board Review

This review book includes questions, answers and rationale of forensic topics, medical legal investigation of death, written by the Forensic Medical Investigation Course faculty.

(44 pages)


Mass Fatality Management

This book outlines the necessary components for preparation and management of mass fatalities including administrative operations, site management, morgue operations, bioterrorism, protocols, mass burial guidelines and family assistance center operations.

(111 pages)


Forensic Nursing (Read a review)

This textbook describes the various roles and responsibilities of the forensic nurse including death investigation, forensic nurse, coroner, sexual assault nurse examiner, legal nurse consultant, and clinical forensic nurse specialist  in the emergency department, operating room, geriatric, pediatric, occupational, and psychiatric or correctional settings.

(120 pages)

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A Review of the First Five Manuals in the Series


"Forensic Medical Investigation is a five volume series of manuals and an intelligent body of work from a widely respected medical examiner and pioneer in forensic nursing education.  Dudley [served] as chief medical examiner/district coroner for the Sedgwick County (Kansas) Regional Forensic Science Center.  A Comprehensive Review was written for beginners and experienced practitioner alike and covers an introduction to forensic science, injury patterns, natural disease, accidental trauma, child fatality and domestic violence.  Introduction to Pathology, co-written with Tomas Taggart, Ed.D., LELFID, director of the mortuary science program at Mesa Community College, lays the foundation of general and systematic pathology before delving into forensic pathology and mass fatalities.  Forensic Protocols is a hand reference manual that compiles sample forms to report everything from a hospital death, MVA, sexual assault or homicide.  Forensic Case Studies and Certification Exam Questionnaire are helpful study aides for investigators seeking credentials.  Taken separately or as a set, Dudley's texts are informative without being exhaustive; the right breadth and depth for busy professionals needing reliable information."

- Forensic Nurse Magazine

  January/February 2003




A Review of Forensic Nursing

Forensic Nursing is the latest in the seven-volume Forensic Medical Investigation series of soft cover manuals penned by the forensic pathologist responsible for creating the first forensic medical investigation course in the U.S. in 1996. Dudley’s nursing and medical background and comprehensive grasp of the interlinking issues of both disciplines is evident in this body of work that should serve as one of the essential tools in the toolkit of a fledgling forensic nurse in particular. While serving as an excellent basic roadmap for the forensic nurse, it is an important book for law enforcement, forensic scientists, medical examiners and prosecutors to better understand the complexities of forensic nursing and the contributions it makes to the medico-legal process.

- Forensic Nurse Magazine

  October,  2003








 Read a review of the first five manuals in  the series from Forensic Nursing Magazine.


Read a review of the Forensic Nursing manual