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The Pathology of Terrorism

Acts of Violence Directed Against Citizens of the United States While Abroad
  • Michael A. Clark
    Address reprint requests to Michael A. Clark, PhD, MD, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, MS-157, 635 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
    From the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana; and formerly from the Division of Forensic Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC
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      Acts of terrorism resulting in serious injury and death have become a daily occurrence in the late 1990s. Forensic pathologists play a key role in the investigation and eventual prosecution of such cases. Meticulous attention to injuries as well as photographic documentation of findings along with the recognition and recovery of trace evidence are critical parts of the autopsy on the victims of terrorist violence. Specific cases of terrorist events from the period of 1985-1997 are presented along with a detailed explanation of explosion-related injuries.
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