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Clarifying the role of forensic anthropologists in death investigations.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6502107     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although their customary role is the identification of decomposed human remains, forensic anthropologists are frequently called upon to provide evidence for or to testify about the circumstances that surrounded a particular death. The literature is ambiguous and contradictory about the role of anthropologists in death investigations. Relying upon traditional distinctions, we present three cases that illustrate the presence of evidence for "manner of death" on decomposed remains. Then we argue that evidence for vital reactions, necessary for the determination of "cause of death," rarely if ever survives skeletonization, and while forensic anthropologists can be expected to provide evidence for the determination of manner of death, they are unlikely to contribute to the discovery of its cause.
N J Sauer; L R Simson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1984 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-01-02     Completed Date:  1985-01-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1081-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anthropology, Physical*
Forensic Medicine / methods*
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