Influence of electricity on post-mortal body temperature.


In a case of suicidal application of electricity differences between the rectal temperature of the body and the suspected time of death were observed. In order to answer the question whether an electric current from hand to hand over >30 min led to a rise in body temperature FEM-based computer simulations and animal experiments were carried out. Both resulted in a warming of the soft parts in the arm without warming the body core. Thus a temperature-based estimation of the time since death can also be used in cases with electricity as the cause of death. Besides, in the animal experiment we found a spontaneous rise in the body core temperature even without application of electricity which may be a reason for the typical temperature plateau after death.

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@article{Hdrich2006InfluenceOE, title={Influence of electricity on post-mortal body temperature.}, author={Carsten H{\"a}drich and Ch Ortmann and Oliver Hofmann and J Seilwinder and Asne Klein}, journal={Forensic science international}, year={2006}, volume={160 2-3}, pages={173-7} }