A handbook of the practice of forensic medicine: based upon personal experience, Volume 1

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New Sydenham Society, 1861 - Medical
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Page 245 - Hones.—If we endeavour to fracture the skull of a dead adult, we shall find that an...
Page 245 - The most powerful blows struck downward upon the body laid horizontally were mostly without result, and only after repeated violent blows were we enabled to produce perhaps one or a few fissures in the occipital or parietal bones, or in the temporal bone (squamous portion), and certainly more easily in the latter. We were unable to produce more considerable effects, such as complete smashing of the skull, or fissures of its base, even in one single instance. The dead scalp seems to have considerably...
Page 245 - This, it may be observed, however, is contrary to what is asserted in surgical works. — ("Holmes," vol. ii., page 36.) As regards the presence or absence of effused blood in the vicinity of fractures in the dead body, difficulty will be experienced by the medical...
Page 205 - ... on bringing the slide under the microscope. Inexperienced persons may no doubt be deceived by the presence of epithelial cells, the fibers of the linen, etc., but whoever has only once seen a single characteristic spermatozoon, dead or alive, can never be deceived again.
Page 28 - ... and the knee stiffen more slowly and thoroughly than the shoulder/' Casper states that, " It (ie, rigor mortis) passes from above downward, begins on the back of the neck and lower jaw, passes then to the facial muscles, the front of the neck, the chest, and the upper extremities, and last of all to the lower extremities. Usually it passes off in the same order, and once gone it never returns, the body becoming as flexible as it formerly was.
Page 7 - TIT. 12, 13. The LIVE BIRTH of a child is to be held proven, when it has been heard to cry by witnesses of unimpeachable veracity present at its birth.
Page 37 - Caspar considers that, as a general rule, " at a tolerably similar average temperature the degree of putrefaction present in a body after lying in the open air for one week (or month) corresponds to that found in a body lying in the water for two weeks (or months), or after lying in the earth, in the usual, manner, for eight weeks (or months).
Page 4 - ... law can be mended, by way of addition, I desire to read two or three clauses of the Prussian law on the subject. That law is expressed in the following terms:— " Whoever buries or otherwise disposes of a dead body without the knowledge of the magistrate is liable to a fine of 200 dollars (30/.) or to imprisonment for not more than six months.
Page 63 - ... examiner to attend closely to such indications as may still be available deducible from extraneous sources. 3. The medico-legal examiner is not at liberty to decline the investigation as superfluous or useless, even where the body has been still further interfered with ; as remarked by Caspar — " Cases occasionally occur in which the body, being brought to the medico-legal dissecting-table, has not only had all its cavities, but even all its organs laid open, partly from precipitation, and...
Page 109 - That tattoo marks may become perfectly effaced during life ; that in not a few cases they disappear so that they are no longer visible on that body when dead on which during life witnesses had often seen them, and that their existence at a former period may possibly be ascertained by an examination of the axillary glands.

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