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Death with complete decapitation: report of four suicides by train.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19696595     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Suicide by train with complete voluntary decapitation is an extremely rare event, however, well known and reported in the scientific literature. The authors analyze 4 cases of suicide with complete decapitation by main line or underground train that were subjected to medico-legal autopsies at the Milan Institute of Legal Medicine between 1995 and 2006. Personal, circumstantial, autopsy, and toxicological data were analyzed to define the type and pathologic characteristics of the injuries (vital reaction of wound edges, absence of any signs of defense); alcohol and drug consumption was considered and the victim's psychical profile was outlined.
Riccardo Zoja; Alessio Battistini; Guendalina Gentile
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of forensic medicine and pathology     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1533-404X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Publication Date:  2009 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-21     Completed Date:  2009-12-22     Revised Date:  2011-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8108948     Medline TA:  Am J Forensic Med Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  303-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cannabinoids / blood
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood
Cervical Vertebrae / injuries,  pathology
Decapitation / pathology*
Depression / psychology
Ethanol / blood
Forensic Pathology
Fractures, Comminuted / pathology
Retrospective Studies
Spinal Fractures / pathology
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Cannabinoids; 0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 64-17-5/Ethanol

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