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Unusual suicide with a chainsaw.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18624895     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Described here is a case of suicide with the use of a chainsaw. A female suffering from schizophrenia committed suicide by an ingenious use of a chainsaw that resulted in the transection of her cervical spine and spinal cord. The findings of the resulting investigation are described and the mechanism of suicides with the use of a chainsaw is reviewed. A dry bone study was realized to determine the bone sections, the correlation between anatomic lesions and characteristics of chainsaw. The damage of organs and soft tissues is compared according to the kinds of chainsaw used.
Authors:
Gilles Tournel; Fabrice Dédouit; Axelle Balgairies; Cédric Houssaye; Bérengère De Angeli; Anne Bécart-Robert; Nicolas Pety; Valéry Hédouin; Didier Gosset
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2008-07-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  53     ISSN:  1556-4029     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-21     Completed Date:  2009-03-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1174-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Faculté de Médecine de Lille, Institut de Médecine Légale et Sociale, 59045 Lille Cedex, France. gilles.tournel@univ-lille2.fr
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Cervical Vertebrae / injuries,  pathology*
Female
Forensic Pathology
Humans
Schizophrenic Psychology
Spinal Cord Injuries / etiology,  pathology*
Suicide*
Wounds, Penetrating / pathology*

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