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So-called Spontaneous Human Combustion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21392004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A well-documented case of so-called Spontaneous Human Combustion is reported. Review of the literature shows that these strange observations have been reported since the 17th century, even in famous novels. There are several main features that may lead to help the diagnosis: the vicinity of the body is intact or nearly intact, some parts of the body are turned into ashes (usually the middle third of the body), whereas other parts are intact or nearly intact, burning of the body usually occurs postmortem, the cause of death is usually natural, there is often (but not always) high concentrations of blood alcohol, there is a source of heat near the body. It is indispensable to rule out a homicide by the examination of the body in situ, the autopsy, the toxicological and histopathological samples, the arson assessment, and a thorough police inquiry.
Thierry W Levi-Faict; Gérald Quatrehomme
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2011-03-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  56     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-09-02     Completed Date:  2012-04-05     Revised Date:  2012-10-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1334-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2011 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Laboratoire de Médecine Légale et de Médecine sociale, Faculté de Médecine, 28 Place Henri Dunant, 63001 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex 1, France.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / pathology*
Central Nervous System Depressants / blood
Coronary Disease / pathology
Ethanol / blood
Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Pathology
Middle Aged
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Central Nervous System Depressants; 64-17-5/Ethanol
Comment In:
J Forensic Sci. 2012 Sep;57(5):1405; author reply 1406   [PMID:  22950694 ]
J Forensic Sci. 2011 Sep;56(5):1390-3; author reply 1394   [PMID:  21884123 ]

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