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Comparison of wound patterns in homicide and dyadic death.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9029914     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A comparison of patterns of injuries between homicides and cases of dyadic death was performed. In 195 homicides, 139 deceased (71%) showed exclusively one type of trauma (mainly gunshot wounds) whereas two and even three types of trauma were detectable in 45 (23%) and 11 (6%) of the cases, respectively. In contrast, 18 out of 20 victims of dyadic death (90%) showed one type of injury (mainly gunshot wounds) and only two victims showed two types of injury. Even though different methods of killing seem to be unusual in dyadic death, even in cases with more than one victim and evidence of different types of injuries, such features cannot provide reliable information useful for a differentiation between homicide and extended suicide.
P Betz; W Eisenmenger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-28     Completed Date:  1997-03-28     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept of Legal Medicine, University of Erlangen, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Forensic Medicine
Middle Aged
Wounds and Injuries / classification*

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