Published Online: 1 October 1978
Page Count: 12
Deputy medical examiner, Dade County, Florida
(Received 21 September 1977; accepted 17 April 1978)
From the day in 1677 when a medical student named Johann Ham first discovered spermatozoa swimming about in a microscopic field to the present, it has been traditional to identify seminal fluid by finding spermatozoa in the specimen. It has been pointed out [1–4], however, that conditions exist in which the ejaculate bears no spermatozoa. Because of this situation, forensic scientists have been searching for a foolproof method of identifying seminal fluid in the absence of spermatozoa.
Paper ID: JFS10745J