Volume 31, Issue 2 (April 1986)

    A New Method for Softening Mummified Fingers

    (Received 8 April 1985; accepted 4 September 1985)


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    Proposed methods for softening mummified fingers have been either unsuccessful in adequately softening the fingers or have been highly destructive. A simple technique based on an entirely new concept utilizing disodium ethylenediamine tetracetic acid in a detergent solution adjusted to a pH of 7.5 has been successfully used to obtain satisfactory to good fingerprints over the past ten years in every case attempted.

    Author Information:

    Zugibe, FT
    Chief medical examiner, Rockland County Health Center, Pomona, NY

    Costello, JT
    Senior medical investigator, Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office, Pomona, NY

    Stock #: JFS12306J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12306J

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    Title A New Method for Softening Mummified Fingers
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30