Iron Staining of the Hands in Suicides with Firearms

    Volume 24, Issue 3 (July 1979)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 July 1979

    Page Count: 2


    Norton, LE
    Medical examiner and assistant professor; medical examiner and associate professor; and associate medical examiner and instructor, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    Gilchrist, TF
    Medical examiner and assistant professor; medical examiner and associate professor; and associate medical examiner and instructor, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    DiMaio, VJM
    Medical examiner and assistant professor; medical examiner and associate professor; and associate medical examiner and instructor, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, Tex.

    (Received 16 January 1979; accepted 2 March 1979)

    Abstract

    In death resulting from gunshot wounds it is the routine policy of the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences to examine the hands for evidence of powder and primer residues. In the past three months while performing such examinations the authors encountered three cases in which there was an orange-brown discoloration of the skin of the palm of one hand. Several months ago, one of the authors (V. J. M. D.) had been contacted by another medical examiner who had noticed this phenomenon and did not know its cause. He indicated that his cases were suicides and that the weapon had been a long arm. The authors at that time had no explanation.


    Paper ID: JFS10877J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10877J

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    Title Iron Staining of the Hands in Suicides with Firearms
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