The Mummified Heart: A Problem in Medicolegal Diagnosis

    Volume 23, Issue 4 (October 1978)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 October 1978

    Page Count: 4

    Zimmerman, MR
    Assistant professor of pathology and anthropology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.

    (Received 7 February 1978; accepted 6 April 1978)


    An occasional problem encountered in forensic medicine is the finding of a mummified body, preserved by chance in an environment conducive to desiccation. Such individuals have usually died suddenly in an obscure location, precluding their discovery and allowing time for natural mummification to take place. In the absence of evidence of trauma, it is important to establish a natural disease process such as arteriosclerotic heart disease (ASHD) to account for death.

    Paper ID: JFS10732J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10732J

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    Title The Mummified Heart: A Problem in Medicolegal Diagnosis
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    Committee E30