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One Month of Death in Venice. Mortality and Status of the Cadaver in an Early 20th c. Necroscopic Registry

Philippe Charlier1,2*, Stéphanie Cavard1 and Christian Hervé2

1Department of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, University Hospital R. Poincaré (AP-HP, UVSQ), 104 R. Poincaré boulevard, 92380 Garches, France

2Laboratory of Medical Ethics, University of Paris 5, 45 Saints Pères street, 75006 Paris, France

*Corresponding Author:
Philippe Charlier
Department of Forensic Pathology and Medicine
University Hospital R. Poincaré (AP-HP, UVSQ)
92380 Garches, France
Tel: +33 1 47107689
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: July 04, 2013; Accepted date: July 06, 2013; Published date: July 07, 2013

Citation: Charlier P, Cavard S, Hervé C (2013) One Month of Death in Venice. Mortality and Status of the Cadaver in an Early 20th c. Necroscopic Registry. Anthropol 1:e107. doi: 10.4172/2332-0915.1000e107

Copyright: © 2013 Charlier P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The authors present the retrospective analysis of a necroscopic registry concerning all cadavers originating from Venice (northern Italy) inhumed within the cemetery island of San-Michele, between the 30th of August and the 28th of September 1917. Data concerning age, sex, place and cause of death are given (this last, determined by a medico necroscopo, i.e. a forensic practitioner), but also details concerning the status of the cadaver. Short-term delay between death declaration and extreme date for inhumation is explained by the extremely rare frequency of embalming processes in this chrono-cultural context. Early fetuses (3rd months in utero, for the youngest) have a complete place within the cemetery (even in the absence of any viability and/or vitality). Such a preliminary examination of this registry also highlights its great interest for the history of autopsy practice, and the evolution of diseases spread.


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