“Terminal burrowing behaviour” —a phenomenon of lethal hypothermia

  title={“Terminal burrowing behaviour” —a phenomenon of lethal hypothermia},
  author={M. Rothschild and V. Schneider},
  journal={International Journal of Legal Medicine},
  • M. Rothschild, V. Schneider
  • Published 2005
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Legal Medicine
  • Between 1978 and 1994, 69 cases of death due to lethal hypothermia were examined in our Institute. In addition to the common findings associated with hypothermia we especially wanted to examine the so-called paradox reaction which refers to the undressing of persons in a state of severe (lethal) hypothermia. This is obviously the result of a peripheral vasodilatation effecting a feeling of warmth. In our material this paradoxical undressing occurred in 25% of the cases and nearly all exhibited… CONTINUE READING
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