Cranial Fracture Patterns and Estimate of Direction from Low Velocity Gunshot Wounds

    Volume 32, Issue 5 (September 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 September 1987

    Page Count: 6


    Lahren, CH
    Assistant professor of pathology, assistant professor of pathology, and forensic anthropologist, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    Berryman, HE
    Assistant professor of pathology, assistant professor of pathology, and forensic anthropologist, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    Smith, O'BC
    Assistant professor of pathology, assistant professor of pathology, and forensic anthropologist, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN

    (Received 28 November 1986; accepted 2 February 1987)

    Abstract

    Cranial trauma produced by low velocity gunshot wounds is investigated in an autopsy series. In skeletonized remains with postmortem damage, or after surgical debridement, the primary internal or external beveling may become obscured, causing difficulty with the identification of entrance and exit wounds. The morphology of associated secondary and tertiary fractures based upon the mechanics of their production is discussed as a means of establishing bullet entrance and exit sites.


    Paper ID: JFS11188J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11188J

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    Title Cranial Fracture Patterns and Estimate of Direction from Low Velocity Gunshot Wounds
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