Published Online: 1 July 1979
Page Count: 3
Chief medical examiner-coroner, Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner, San Francisco, Calif.
(Received 3 August 1978; accepted 30 November 1978)
The examination of partially or totally decomposed bodies that may have skeletal changes or injuries of potential evidentiary value is a common problem faced by forensic scientists. In many such cases, thorough cleaning of the bone may be required for the examination, understanding, interpretation, and documentation of the injuries as well as for obtaining quality photographic evidence for presentation to a jury. Unfortunately, thorough cleaning of the bone is often not performed because of the time-consuming nature of the preparatory work, the cost, and the necessity of maintaining insect colonies.
Paper ID: JFS10885J