Research Articles (Forensic Medicine)


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  • Shaken baby syndrome : a South African medico-legal perspective 

    Le Roux-Kemp, A.; Burger, E. (North-West University, 2014)
    Shaken Baby Syndrome refers to the violent and repetitive shaking of an infant, and is a form of abusive head trauma. It was first described in 1974, and has since been the topic of intensive study and discussion. The ...

  • Medical mistakes-a student's perspective 

    Van Schalkwyk, Gerrit; Moodley, Keymanthri (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2011-12)
    ‘Only one rule in medical ethics need concern you – that action on your part which best conserves the interests of your patient.’ Martin H Fischer. Although Fischer’s premise seems perfectly reasonable, the alarming ...

  • Sudden and unexpected deaths in an adult population, Cape Town, South Africa, 2001-2005 

    Tiemensma, Marianne; Burger, Elsie Helena (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2012-02)
    Background. According to the regulations of the National Health Act, all 'sudden and unexpected' deaths in South Africa should be referred to Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) for further investigation. Objectives. We aimed ...

  • Vasectomy under local anaesthesia performed free of charge as a family planning service : complications and results 

    Trollip, G. S.; Fisher, M.; Naidoo, A.; Theron, P. D.; Heyns, C. F. (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2009-04)
    Objective. To evaluate the safety and efficacy of vasectomy performed under local anaesthesia by junior doctors at a secondary level hospital as part of a free family planning service. Method. Men requesting vasectomy were ...

  • Death certificates : let’s get it right! 

    Pieterse, Desiree; Groenewald, Pam; Bradshaw, Debbie; Burger, Elsie H.; Rohde, Jon; Reagon, Gavin (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2009-09)

  • Errors in the completion of the death notification form 

    Burger, Elsie Helena; Van der Merwe, Lize; Volmink, Jimmy (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2007-11)
    Objectives. To determine the frequency of errors in the cause of death sequence and to assess the completeness of information recorded on death notification forms (DNFs). Design. A population-based descriptive study. ...

  • Sudden death on an aeroplane 

    Tiemensma, M.; Buys, Philip; Wadee, S. A. (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2010-03)
    Objective. To determine the leading causes of perinatal deaths and to evaluate any changes, with the inclusion of placental histology. Method. At perinatal mortality meetings, primary and final causes of death were assigned ...

  • Tuberculosis and phrenic nerve destruction 

    Dempers, Johan J.; Bezuidenhout, Juanita; Schneider, Johann W.; Janse van Rensburg, Michèle (Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG), 2007-08)
    ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Phrenic nerve palsy (PNP) is often associated with Mycobacterium tuberculosis-related expansile pneumonia, possibly because of nerve entrapment by healing fibrosis. Mohan and Jayaswal1 postulated that ...