(Received 10 June 1978; accepted 1 September 1978)
Published Online: 1979
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Pathologists rarelv encounter a personally dangerous autopsy. Recently, I performed an autopsy on an individual who died after being struck by a projectile that was part of a light anti-tank weapon. The projectile remained embedded in the body but did not explode. Initially, there was considerable concern that the projectile was still “live,” that is, capable of exploding at any time. Special problems presented by the autopsy will be reviewed. Finally, recommendations for similar cases will be made.
Officer in charge of Autopsy Service, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, Calif
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