(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.
Chief medical examiner, Rockland County Health Center, Pomona, NY
Senior medical investigator, Rockland County Medical Examiner's Office, Pomona, NY
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