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An autopsy study on medico-legal evaluation of post-mortem scavenging.
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PMID:  15176624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
After death a body may be mutilated in various ways. Animal scavenging is one of the causes. This scavenging creates difficulties with the interpretation of various medico-legal questions such as identity of the victim and cause of death and, as a consequence, criminal charges against the perpetrator cannot be framed or proven. The present study was undertaken to find out the incidence of scavenging in the Saurashtra region (part of west India) and also to see how it affects the interpretation of medico-legal evidence. We are of the opinion that scavenging does affect various medico-legal parameters and knowledge of this fact and careful autopsy examinations helped us to reach a logical conclusion. A study comprising 13 cases observed during a period of one year is presented.
C B Jani; B D Gupta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine, science, and the law     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0025-8024     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Sci Law     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-06-04     Completed Date:  2004-06-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400721     Medline TA:  Med Sci Law     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Forensic Medicine Department, Shri M.P. Shah Medical College, Jamnagar- 361 008, Gujarat, India.
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MeSH Terms
Autopsy / methods*
Bites and Stings*
Cause of Death
Postmortem Changes*
Time Factors

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