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U.S. Navy and Marine Corps recruit training deaths in San Diego, California, 1973-1985; a review of 31 cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1545199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The deaths of military recruits associated with training activities nearly always fall under close scrutiny from relatives of the deceased recruit and the media. The literature contains isolated case reports of recruit deaths but no comprehensive reviews of all deaths at a single training facility. The purpose of this study is to describe the circumstances and causes of all recruit deaths occurring at the Naval Training Command and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, from 1973 through 1985. Thirty-one male recruits died in training during this period; eight died from medical conditions not detected by preenlistment questioning or examination. In five of these cases, the conditions were probably known to the recruit but were not listed on a medical history form. Seven recruits died in incidents related to training, and there were six cases of "sudden cardiac death," as well as eight deaths caused by infectious diseases.
S A Wagner; M A Clark
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1992 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-04-14     Completed Date:  1992-04-14     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  185-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents / mortality
Asthma / mortality
Cause of Death*
Death, Sudden*
Death, Sudden, Cardiac
Infection / mortality
Military Personnel / statistics & numerical data*
Neurofibromatosis 1 / mortality
Physical Examination
Physical Exertion
Prospective Studies
Retrospective Studies
Sickle Cell Trait / mortality
Skin Neoplasms / mortality
United States
Wounds, Gunshot / mortality

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