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|Title:||Characteristic features of deaths due to decapitation|
|Citation:||American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, 2004; 25(2):129-130|
|Publisher:||Lippincott Williams & Wilkins|
|Abstract:||Deaths due to decapitation are rare in civilian populations. A study in South Australia over 17 years from January 1986 to December 2002 revealed 20 cases (age range, 14 to 72 years; average, 30.7 years; male to female ratio, 15:5). There were 13 suicides consisting of 11 train-related deaths (age range, 14 to 72 years; average, 31.3 years; male to female ratio, 10:1), 1 hanging death, and 1 death using a ligature and a motor vehicle. Five cases related to motor vehicle crashes (age range, 19 to 46 years; average, 30.2 years; male to female ratio, 1:4) and 2 were associated with industrial trauma. Suicidal decapitation accounted for <1% of total suicides and showed a striking male predominance, with the favored method involving trains.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Neck Injuries; Methods; Suicide; Forensic Medicine; Accidents, Occupational; Accidents, Traffic; Sex Distribution; Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Australia; Female; Male|
|Appears in Collections:||Pathology publications|
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