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A probable case of euthanasia amongst prehistoric aborigines at Roonka, South Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6363234     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Amongst skeletons recovered from an archeological survey at Roonka on the lower Murray River in South Australia was that of a pregnant woman. The position of the full term foetus and evidence of head trauma to the woman suggests that a mercy killing took place following failure of childbirth. The study of this burial provides an insight into Aboriginal society which would not be available from other sources.
D J Pounder; M Prokopec; G L Pretty
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forensic science international     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0379-0738     ISO Abbreviation:  Forensic Sci. Int.     Publication Date:    1983 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-22     Completed Date:  1984-03-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7902034     Medline TA:  Forensic Sci Int     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-108     Citation Subset:  E; IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Euthanasia / history*
Euthanasia, Active*
History, Ancient
Oceanic Ancestry Group / history
Pregnant Women

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