Role of forensic pathologists in mass disasters

  title={Role of forensic pathologists in mass disasters},
  author={Yves Schuliar and Peter Juel Thiis Knudsen},
  journal={Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology},
The forensic pathologist has always had a central role in the identification of the dead in every day practice, in accidents, and in disasters involving hundreds or thousands of victims. This role has changed in recent years, as advances in forensic odontology, genetics and anthropology have improved the chances of identifying victims beyond recognition. According to the Interpol DVI Guide, fingerprints, dental examination and DNA are the primary identifiers, and this has given new emphasis to… 

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