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Identification of severely incinerated human remains: the need for a cooperative approach between forensic specialities. A case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14655968     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Positive identification of incinerated human remains can be a perplexing problem, especially when there is no genetic material remaining for DNA analysis. This paper illustrates the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the identification of such remains, and explores the processes involved in the various effects of heat upon human bone and teeth, and the implications this has for positive identification. A case study is presented to illustrate the various problems encountered and the importance of discovering comprehensive ante-mortem records of the deceased. It is submitted that forensic odontologists and anthropologists be included in the body recovery process, both to maximise the recovery of evidence, and to ensure that all possible avenues for positive identification are explored, so as to avoid the need to rely upon the less robust method of circumstantial identification.
Richard Bassed
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-05     Completed Date:  2004-02-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Dept of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Forensic Anthropology / methods*
Forensic Dentistry / methods
Forensic Medicine / methods*
Orthopedic Fixation Devices
Tooth / radiography

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