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Comparative study on the underlying cause and mode of death established prior to and after medicolegal autopsy.
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PMID:  1132865     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A comparative study was made on the underlying cause and mode of death determined in 600 consecutive cases by forensic physicians before and after medicolegal autopsy. All available information including police records, medical documents of decedents and the results of the external medicolegal examination of the corpse were utilized to determine the cause and mode of death before autopsy. The mode of death would have been defined erroneously in 10% of cases and the underlying cause of death in 29.5% of cases if medicolegal autopsy had not been performed. The present results are consistent with previous studies which indicate that the determination of the underlying cause of death is significantly more accurate when an autopsy is performed. They also suggest that in a large number of routine medicolegal cases a similar trend, but at a lower rate, is associated with the determination of the mode of death.
M Virkkunen; A Penttilä; M Tenhu; V M Huittinen; H Lehti; V Rissanen; U Uotila
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0300-9432     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci     Publication Date:  1975 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1975-08-22     Completed Date:  1975-08-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330706     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Forensic Medicine*

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