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Forensic investigation of deaths due to fire in mass disaster.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1292394     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
When a body is recovered from a fire site, it is essential to determine if death occurred before or after the fire started. Foul play is suspected when there is an alternative cause of death not due to the fire. In cases of mass disaster due to fire, the forensic pathologist has an additional task of identifying the bodies. This is important in medico-legal investigations. The severity of the burnt injuries sustained may be useful in the reconstruction of the incidence. Examples will be given in this paper on the identification of the burnt victims and the forensic investigations on death by fire in mass disasters.
T C Chao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0304-4602     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Acad. Med. Singap.     Publication Date:  1992 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-03-29     Completed Date:  1993-03-29     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503289     Medline TA:  Ann Acad Med Singapore     Country:  SINGAPORE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  649-55     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Science and Forensic Medicine, Singapore.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational / mortality
Burns / mortality*
Burns, Inhalation / mortality
Cause of Death
Forensic Medicine*

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