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Coroner's Tale: Naming the Dead in Louisiana

Dr. Cataldie describes the process of fingerprinting Hurricane Katrina victims at a temporary morgue in St. Gabriel, La., on October 14, 2005.
Dr. Cataldie describes the process of fingerprinting Hurricane Katrina victims at a temporary morgue in St. Gabriel, La., on October 14, 2005.

Louisiana State medical examiner Louis Cataldie was the coroner for the East Baton Rouge Parish in Louisiana from 1998 to 2003. He also was a small-town general practitioner and emergency-room doctor in Baton Rouge.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, Dr. Cataldie helped to evacuate patients and set up field hospitals. He also aided the injured and investigated deaths. That task is ongoing, as Cataldie is working to identify the dead from Katrina. His new book is Coroner s Journal: Stalking Death in Louisiana.

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