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Scars of torture: a Sri Lankan study

Show simple item record Perera, P. en_US 2014-10-29T09:25:16Z 2014-10-29T09:25:16Z 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 2007; 14(3): pp.138-45 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1752-928X (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1878-7487 (Electronic) en_US
dc.description.abstract Interpretation of scars of torture is not an easy task as our understanding of evolution of scars of different methods of torture is still in its infancy. The objectives of this study were to produce the features of a typical scar of a few selected methods of torture and determine their characteristic distribution. To achieve this, 100 medico-legal records of victims of torture examined at the Judicial Medical Officer's Office, Colombo between 1998 and 2001 were perused. Scars caused by seven selected methods of torture were taken into consideration. They were, assault with both non-pliable and pliable blunt objects, cigarette burns, burns with heated solid objects and molten plastic, ligature application with different forms of suspension and cuts with sharp objects. Total number of scars analyzed in this study was 1846, which included 740 scars of non-pliable blunt weapons, 182 of pliable blunt weapons, 102 of ligature, 59 of molten polythene, 55 of heated objects and 82 of razor blades and knives. Typical scars of each method of torture and their characteristic distribution were determined.
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.title Scars of torture: a Sri Lankan study en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.department Forensic Medicine en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor Royal College of Physicians of London Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor Australian College of Legal Medicine en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor British Association in Forensic Medicine en_US

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