Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)
Accidental Death by Light Anti-Tank Weapon: A Dangerous Autopsy?
Pathologists rarelv encounter a personally dangerous autopsy. Recently, I performed an autopsy on an individual who died after being struck by a projectile that was part of a light anti-tank weapon. The projectile remained embedded in the body but did not explode. Initially, there was considerable concern that the projectile was still “live,” that is, capable of exploding at any time. Special problems presented by the autopsy will be reviewed. Finally, recommendations for similar cases will be made.