The link between traumatic injury in soft and hard tissue.


Institut Universitaire d'Anthropologie médico-légale, Faculté de médecine, 28 avenue de Valombrose, 06107, Nice Cedex 2, France; CEPAM (UMR CNRS 7264), 24 Avenue des Diables Bleus, 06357 Nice Cedex 4, France. Electronic address: [Email]


Forensic pathology and forensic anthropology are inherently related fields. The observations made during the autopsy and the conclusions from the anthropological analysis highlight the complementarities between the two approaches. In this review, gunshot wounds, sharp force injuries, chop wounds, blunt trauma, burned bodies, mechanical asphyxia and dismemberment will be analyzed from both perspectives. The result of this systematic review is that the conclusions stemming from the presence or absence of bone injuries must be very cautious because the observation of severe bone lesions does not always mean that this trauma was the cause of death; conversely, traumatic death, and even homicide, can be associated with a complete absence of bone lesions.


Autopsy,Forensic anthropology,Forensic pathology,Forensic trauma,

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