oa South African Medical Journal - Medico-legal section : Medico-Legal aspects of the Wolkersdorfer case
|Article Title||Medico-legal section : Medico-Legal aspects of the Wolkersdorfer case|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 *Union Health Department, Durban **University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Sep 1948|
|Pages||543 - 549|
|Keyword(s)||Anatomy, Autopsy, Forensic pathology, Identification of remains and Medico-legal|
An account is given of a medico-legal examination of the charred remains of a body found in a burnt-out motor car. The age, sex, stature and race were determined by the use of principles ordinarily applied in anthropological investigations. The personal identity of the deceased was established to a considerable degree of probability by a technique of comparing life-sized machine-made projection drawings of the skull with drawings of life-sized enlargements of snapshots of the deceased. In determining the cause of death reference is made to the features distinguishing thermal fractures from traumatic fractures of the skull.
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