The Identification of Human Remains.

  • W J Deadman
  • Published 1964 in Canadian Medical Association journal


The identification of human remains, especially if they have been mutilated or burnt, or occur in skeletal form, may pose a major problem for the forensic physician. It may involve the co-operation of coroner, police officer, forensic pathologist and forensic laboratory. It is first necessary to demonstrate that the remains are human, and that the tissue in question represents one, or more than one, body. A meticulous postmortem examination by the forensic pathologist will reveal all anatomical peculiarities for study and record. Photographs, radiographs, dental charts, fingerprints and blood type all contribute materially to the solution of the problem.

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@article{Deadman1964TheIO, title={The Identification of Human Remains.}, author={W J Deadman}, journal={Canadian Medical Association journal}, year={1964}, volume={91}, pages={808-11} }