(Received 7 November 1983; accepted 10 January 1984)
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The paper describes a case of suicide by the use of a chain saw. Visceral and tissue damage caused by vibrations are documented in occupational medicine, but fatal damage is not often seen at autopsy. This paper gives an account of the damage to viscera and tissues that has been noted when strong vibrations of low frequency have been directed to the body for a very short time with fatal result after a few minutes survival time.
Resident in forensic medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki,
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