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.
A descriptionption of the method used for the administration of spinal anaesthetics is given. A detailed account of 125 cases given this anaesthetic during the period November 1944 to May 1947, at the McCord Hospital, Durban, is given. The indications for the operations are stated.