BODY COOLING AFTER DEATH

Authors
  1. Kuehn, L.A.
  2. Tikuisis, P.
  3. Livingstone, S.D.
  4. Limmer, R.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In the analyses of cases of death in cold air environments, it is often of interest to determine the time required for the body of the individual to cool to ambient temperature. Usually such determinations have been based on Newton's law of cooling. The paper describes a case history in which this technique was experimentally tested and consequently abandoned in favour of a more complex biophysical model which more accurately described the thermo-physical events inherent in body cooling. This model is recommended for determination of the times required for various body parts to cool to ambient environmental temperatures.
Report Number
PUB-79-X-12 —
Date of publication
01 Jan 1979
Number of Pages
10
Reprinted from
Can Soc Forens Sci J, vol 12, no 4, 1979, p 153-162
DSTKIM No
80-00874
CANDIS No
88573
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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