Asphyxiation, Suffocation, and Neck Pressure Deaths: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Asphyxiation, Suffocation, and Neck Pressure Deaths

1st Edition

Edited by Burkhard Madea

CRC Press

336 pages | 314 Color Illus. | 82 B/W Illus.

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Description

Combining theory and practice, this is a comprehensive analysis of suffocation, asphyxiation, and neck pressure deaths. It includes important developments in the field such as lung histomorphology in fatal strangulation, systematic dissection of the larynx, biochemical findings, and post-mortem imaging. Significant challenges arise in accurately diagnosing these deaths when compared to other forms of external violence. International experts explain the pitfalls and subtleties of identifying such cases making this book an important resource for readers involved in investigations of deaths by asphyxiation. The inclusion of tables, statistics, scientific and historical evidence throughout further strengthen the value of this book.

  • Provides comprehensive introduction to every major topic of asphyxia and neck pressure deaths
  • Features more than 300 figures to aid understanding and facilitate accurate diagnosis of these death types
  • Contains data tables, statistics, scientific and historical evidence to support the guidelines provided
  • Includes the important topic of portmortem radiology findings
  • Navigates the reader through the potential pitfalls and misdiagnosis of asphyxia and neck pressure deaths with expert guidance

About the Editor

Professor Dr. Burkhard Madea MD, Director, Instiute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany is a world-renowned forensic pathologist and the author of more than a dozen books and 600 papers.

Table of Contents

Introduction. History. Crime statistics and incidence. Pathophysiology. Definition and terms. Suffocation. Smothering. Choking.

Entrapment. Pressure to the neck. Investigations and Investigative Techniques. Crime scene investigation – Best practices in approaching these deaths. Postmortem radiology. Autopsy. Neuropathology. Histology. Anatomical and Other Findings. Gross anatomical findings. Histopathology. Molecular pathology. Neuropathology. Biochemistry. Toxicology as risk factors. Different Types of Asphyxiation, Suffocation, Strangulation. General remarks – accident, suicide, homicide. Smothering. Choking.

Suffocation. Entrapment. Pressure to the neck. Traumatic asphyxia, burking, Perthe’s syndrome, compression asphyxia. Positional asphyxia, postural asphyxia. Death upside down. Traumatic carotic sinus reflex. Bolus death, inhalation of foreign bodies. Drowning.

Autoerotic accident, sexual asphyxia or masochistic practices. Plastic bag asphyxia. Death in high altitude. Death at depth. Excited delirium, police neck holds. Suffocation in childhood, differential diagnosis to SIDS. Masking of homicide. Suffocation with soft covers. Suffocation during/after anesthesia or due to medical malpractice. Incaprettamento. Entrapment. Asphyxia due to metabolic poison. Survived neck compression. Pitfalls, mistakes.

About the Editor

Professor Dr. Burkhard Madea MD, Director, Instiute of Forensic Medicine, University of Bonn, Germany is a world-renowned forensic pathologist and the author of more than a dozen books and 600 papers.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
MED000000
MEDICAL / General
MED067000
MEDICAL / Pathology