Volume 24, Issue 2 (April 1979)

    Accidental Death by Light Anti-Tank Weapon: A Dangerous Autopsy?

    (Received 10 June 1978; accepted 1 September 1978)

    Published Online: April

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    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.


    Author Information:

    Spencer, CDRJD
    Officer in charge of Autopsy Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, Calif


    Stock #: JFS10856J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10856J

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    Title Accidental Death by Light Anti-Tank Weapon: A Dangerous Autopsy?
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30