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Viscera preservation in forensics

Viscera should be preserved if death is suspected to be due to poisoning either by the police or the doctor, Deceased was intoxicated or used to drugs, Cause of death not found after autopsy, Death due to burns, Advanced decomposition and Accidental death involving driver of a vehicle or machine operator. The following must be …

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Psychological autopsy

Psychological autopsy is a set of postmortem investigative procedures that help ascertain and evaluate the role that physical and psychological factors play in the death of an individual, thus to determine the manner of death to as high a degree of certainty as possible. In some cases of suicide, police …

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Autopsy of a body having aids and infections

Highly infectious diseases transmitted by direct contact or contact with infected materials, clothing, discharges, vomit, etc. are cholera, rabies, tetanus, anthrax, poliomyelitis, mumps, septicaemia, typhoid, tuberculosis, hepatitis B & C, diphtheria, C.S.F. meningitis, smallpox, plague, tick- borne encephalitis, equine encephalomyelitis, Tcell lymphotropic viruses I and II, and HIV. Patients with …

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Organ removal method in forensics

Organ removal involves the following techniques – Virchow’s technique: Organs are removed one by one. Cranial cavity is exposed first, followed by thoracic, cervical and abdominal organs. Rokitansky’s technique: It involves in situ dissection in part, combined with en block removal. Lettulle’s technique: Cervical, thoracic, abdominal and pelvic organs are …

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Autopsy procedure

External autopsy procedure Examination The external autopsy procedure examination will provide most of the substance of the report, where death occurred due to trauma. It is important in interpretation, e.g. in a case of a pedestrian involved in traffic accident, in which the vehicle involved has not been identified or …

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Forensic hair analysis

Forensic hair analysis – Trichology is the study of hair. Hair grows at the rate of 0.4 mm/day and nails at 0.1 mm/day. The examination of the hair is undertaken to find out: (1) Is it Hair or is it Some other Fiber? Hair consists of bulb or root and a …

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Human stature

Human stature varies at different times of the day by one-and-half to two cm. It is less in the afternoon and evening due to the reduced elasticity of the inter vertebral discs and the longitudinal vertebral muscles. Both malnutrition and advancing years reduce stature. After the age of thirty, the …

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