Werner Jacobs (49) is not the least. He is the big boss of the department Forensic Medicine of the University Hospital of Antwerp. As a forensic pathologist examines the professor for more than twenty years the bodies of people who in indeterminate, suspicious or violent circumstances in their lives. His team gets smooth 250 forensic autopsies per year.
In command of the court, he investigates not only the cause of death, but he tries also the precise circumstances of the death to find out and who is responsible.“Troostwoord”
Today is the book "The dead talk". In Jacobs with twenty 'stories' about real-life deaths and autopsies on the reader clearly that everything is not always what it seems at first sight. He also gives his perspective on autopsies in young infants. The renowned wetsarts argues that the term 'sids' in Flanders quickly becomes caught. "I think it's mainly a troostwoord to ease the pain."
Jacobs falls would like to return to the English term Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS). That stands for the sudden and unexpected death of a child under the age of eighteen months, which the cause after thorough autopsy and thorough investigation of the police unexplained remains.Crime
"The number of babies that, according to the strictly scientific interpretation dies without a clear cause of death is very limited," says Jacobs. "With few exceptions, we can as wetsarts propose that sids, in fact, barely or does not exist. It is only because they did not thoroughly search for the cause of the death. I am firmly convinced that the sudden and unexpected death of babies in the past often as sids considered was really a cause of death had found. In the worst case, there was perhaps even a crime involved."
1 In 3 so-called wiegendoden is a parent during sleep on the baby lie down
Jacobs point the finger at some of the doctors who too quickly fall back on the so-called wiegendoodprotocol. "By that protocol that doctors without the intervention of the police and the court decide that for them, there is nothing to the hand. On the basis of what the parents say and a limited external examination that has little diagnostic value. I have children on my autopsietafel had who appearance nothing was to be seen. But from my autopsy, it appeared that they beaten to death."
The professor also points to the absurdity that the wiegendoodprotocol states that an autopsy is desirable, but not mandatory, and that the parents consent to give. "If my child got killed and they ask me if they do an autopsy can do, I would also say: 'I'd Rather not.' A judicial autopsy, by contrast, can not be denied. By no one."