Forensic Medicine

Forensic Medicine

Recent Submissions

  • Barit, Shimon; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert (Institute for Security Studies, 2020)
    In 2013, South Africa had the second highest rate of imprisonment in Africa. During the apartheid era, a substantial number of deaths in custody involved political detainees. However, two decades after the abolition of ...
  • Blumenthal, Ryan (BMJ Publishing Group Group, 2021-04)
    This paper reviews recent academic research into the pathology of trauma of lightning. Lightning may injure or kill in a variety of different ways. Aimed at the trainee, or practicing pathologist, this paper provides ...
  • Tsanou, Berge; Lubuma, Jean M.-S.; Moremedi, G.M.; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Kondera-Shava, R. (Taylor and Francis, 2017)
    We deal with the following question: Can the consumption of contaminated bush meat, the funeral practices and the environmental contamination explain the recurrence and persistence of Ebola virus disease outbreaks in Africa? ...
  • De Villiers, Katherine (University of Pretoria, 2020)
    In modern society the medico-legal investigation of death is a prerequisite for the administration of justice and for the betterment of public health. These investigations require a high level of skill, professionalism and ...
  • Liebenberg, Jade; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Saayman, Gert; Steenkamp, Vanessa (Institute for Security Studies, 2019-03)
    Driving under the influence is a major threat to road safety in South Africa. Various psychoactive substances (both licit and illicit) have the potential to adversely affect driving performance and increase the probability ...
  • Hunt, Hugh G.P.; Blumenthal, Ryan; Nixon, Ken J.; Gomes, Chandima (Elsevier, 2020-12)
    While in-depth studies of lightning deaths can be found in the literature, rarely do such investigations they utilize a multidisciplinary approach, analysing both the medical and electrical aspects of a case. Even more ...
  • Bernitz, Herman; Van Staden, Paul Jacobus; Rossouw, Servaas Hofmeyr; Jordaan, J.C. (Joyce) (Springer, 2019-07)
    The purpose of this study was to document tongue position and its relation to the cause of death and sequential stages of body decomposition, as observed during the routine forensic pathological examination of bodies. The ...
  • Blumenthal, Ryan; Scholtz, Pieter Evelyn Pienaar; Shuttleworth, Jenna-lee (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2019-12)
    We present the case of a male adult who was admitted to an emergency department after having sustained envenomation from a black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepis). According to the available history, a single fang hooked his ...
  • Morobadi, Kenalemang; Blumenthal, Ryan; Saayman, Gert (Elsevier, 2019-11)
    In South Africa, research on burn mortality has emanated primarily from specialised burn centres and has focused on specific age groups and hospital-based fatalities. This study describes the demographic profile and the ...
  • Loots, Donovan P.; Saayman, Gert (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2019-10)
    BACKGROUND. South Africa has one of the highest rates of interpersonal violence (IPV), in all its forms, in the world. Incidents of assault are largely under-reported and place an immense burden on the healthcare, fiscal ...
  • Cocks, Jeannie Eileen Yana (University of Pretoria, 2014)
    LocardÕs Exchange Principle necessitates that the bodies of victims of crime be treated as secondary crime scenes. Imaging technologies should be implemented with a view towards discovering trace evidence that may aid ...
  • Blumenthal, Ryan; Hänert-van der Zee, Brigitte (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2018-06)
    We present the case of an adult white man found dead in a psychiatric institution with fine white powder (monoammonium phosphate) deposited over the entire face after he insufflated the contents of a dry chemical fire ...
  • Makhoba, Aubrey Musa; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (Springer, 2017-12)
    Self-inflicted explosive deaths due to detonation of fireworks are rare. In this case report, a peculiar case of an elderly male who discharged a firecracker inside his mouth, resulting in fatal blast induced craniofacial ...
  • Bernitz, Herman; Saayman, Gert (South African Dental Association, 2017-03)
    Dental identification of decomposed, burned and mutilated remains usually involves comparing the ante-mortem with the post-mortem dental records of the suspected victim. This procedure is dependent on the availability of ...
  • Bernitz, Herman; Verster, Janette (South African Dental Association, 2017-04)
    Lodox®Statscan™ is a relatively recent addition to the field of post- mortem radiology and imaging in forensic dentistry and forensic medicine. A number of cases were encountered where victims who could not undergo ...
  • Makhoba, Aubrey Musa; Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine (African Association of Nephrology, 2017-06-21)
    The formation of heterotopic bone tissue outside the skeleton, known as osseous metaplasia, is a well-known phenomenon, but only a handful of cases describe this in renal allografts. We report the case of a 26-year-old ...
  • Engelbrecht, C.; Blumenthal, Ryan; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Saayman, Gert (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2017-08)
    BACKGROUND : The World Health Organization has declared suicide a global health crisis, predicting that ~1.53 million people will commit suicide annually by 2020. OBJECTIVE : A study from South Africa reviewed 1 018 ...
  • Coutinho, Teresa A.; Wingfield, Michael J. (Frontiers Research Foundation, 2017-05-11)
    Ralstonia solanacearum and R. pseudosolanacearum are well known primary pathogens of herbaceous crops. Reports of wilt caused by these pathogens in tree species are limited other than on Eucalyptus species. Despite the ...
  • Blumenthal, Ryan; Saayman, Gert (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2017-06)
    We present the case of a 41-year-old woman who was fatally injured during a witnessed lightning strike event and in whom autopsy revealed the unusual keraunopathological finding of overt pneumomediastinum. The possible ...
  • Du Toit-Prinsloo, Lorraine; Morris, Neil Kenneth; Lee, M.; Pickworth, G.P. (Health and Medical Publishing Group, 2016-10)
    BACKGROUND. Registrars play a vital role in teaching undergraduate (UG) medical students. Previous studies indicate that registrars contribute as much as 30% of medical students’ knowledge and that up to 20% of a registrar’s ...

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