Journal Published Online: 01 January 1999
Volume 44, Issue 1

Problems in Mass-Disaster Dental Identification: A Retrospective Review



A wide variety of problems may prevent or hinder a dental-identification (ID) team in its efforts to identify mass casualties. Since these problems have been infrequently reported in a comprehensive manner, the authors identified and summarized these problems to increase the awareness of dental-ID team members and to prepare them for future mass-disaster missions. The authors analyzed 50 mass disasters—ten in which the authors as members of military dental ID teams played a major role and 40 from the literature—and summarized problems that they confronted.

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Brannon, RB
Louisana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, LA
Kessler, HP
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
Pages: 5
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Stock #: JFS14423J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS14423J