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Recently, an unusual case of autoerotic death in which a man died of hypoxia after having enclosed himself in plastic was reported in this Journal (1). We present a second case showing many similarities to the one published previously.
After death, during disintegration, various environmental conditions and fauna play an important role, indicating “time since death.” The natural openings of the host body provide the most important breeding place for an agent which could consume the body very quickly, e.g., flies. Wounds are...
A study of fatalities arising from the operation of all‐terrain recreational‐type vehicles was performed on the case files of the Office of the Medical Examiner of Metropolitan Dade County in Miami, Florida for the 5‐year period, 1981‐1985. A total of 11 cases were...
An uncommon type of homicide resulted from complications of an ordinarily nonfatal injury after a 59‐year‐old obese, hypertensive, diabetic man was struck in the face with a two‐by‐four, sustaining a grossly contaminated laceration. It was cleaned and sutured...
The practice of embalming preserves body tissues, and embalmed bodies may resist decay processes for many decades with relatively little change. As the chemicals used for embalming are poisonous to microorganisms, bacterial and viral cultures are futile after such funerary procedures are...
The homicidal asphyxiation of a 10½‐month‐old male infant and the attempted asphyxiation of his 4‐month‐old sibling, documented by parental confession, is presented as evidence that murder may sometimes be mistaken as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A...
Review of the experience of the Cuyahoga County (Cleveland, Ohio and its suburbs) Coroner's Office with homicidal poisonings over the past 3½ decades reveals that this modality of felony homicides constitutes but a tiny fraction of the total case load and small percentages of...
A case of diffuse axonal injury (DAI) by assault is reported. The majority of DAI cases documented have been due to traffic accidents and some due to falls from height. DAI is caused by angular or rotational acceleration of the victim's head. The condition is common and is the...
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