(Received 12 July 1979; accepted 5 November 1979)
Published Online: July
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Therapeutic administration of tetracyclines, widely used antibiotic drugs, permanently labels layers of dentin that are calcifying at the same time. A method is described for detecting and photographing these stained layers of dentin. The presence of tetracycline-labeled dentin layers in the teeth of subjects of a forensic science investigation can be used for the individualization of specimens as well as to provide information about the age of the individual. When compared to medical records, the tetracycline-labeled dentin layers can also assist in establishing the identity of the subject. The interpretation of tetracycline-labeled dentin layers and its pitfalls are discussed.
Professor of pathology, Sackler School of Medicine, Ramat Aviv,
Director of research laboratory, School of Dental Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Md
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