alexa Quantitative Research in Modern Forensic Analysis of Death Cause: New Classification of Death Cause, Degree of Contribution, and Determination of Manner of Death
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Journal of Forensic Research
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Research Article

Quantitative Research in Modern Forensic Analysis of Death Cause: New Classification of Death Cause, Degree of Contribution, and Determination of Manner of Death

Xiaojun Yu1*, Haipeng Wang1,2, Long Feng1 and Jiazhen Zhu1

1Department of Forensic Medicine, Shantou University Medical College, Shantou City, Guangdong Prov., 515031, China

2Department of Forensic Medicine, Basic Medical College, Beihua University, Jilin City, Jilin Prov., 132013, China

*Corresponding Author:
Xiaojun Yu
Department of Forensic Medicine of Shantou University Medical College
Xinling Road 22, Shantou City, Guangdong Prov., China, 515031
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Received date: January 19, 2014; Accepted date: March 20, 2014; Published date: March 25, 2014

Citation: Yu X, Wang H, Feng L, Zhu J ( (2014) Quantitative Research in Modern Forensic Analysis of Death Cause: New Classification of Death Cause, Degree of Contribution, and Determination of Manner of Death. J Forensic Res 5:221. doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000221

Copyright: © 2014 Xiaojun Yu, 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.



In practice of the forensic pathology, many scholars have been keenly aware that the classification of death cause in International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) could not contain and explain the all situations of multiple factors leading to death. Additionally, there remain some viewpoints to be discussed about the traditional rules and method of degree of contribution and manner of death (MOD). To solve the new growing problems in forensic examination and criminal investigation, the quantitative method was introduced into the legal medicine. Firstly, the classification method of death causes was further perfected on the basis of the traditional theory in WHOICD (10). And all factors related to death had been divided into eight kinds of death causes and given the definitions and degrees of contribution, according to their quantitative effects in death mechanism. Moreover, authors suggested that the more accurate definition of MOD based on above principle should be adopted for the determination of MOD conveniently. Years of our successful experiences, especially for the cases involved in the multiple factors, have shown that the principle should be considered as the scientific basis to comprehend correctly the causality of the factors related to death, and to provide the more scientific and quantitative evidences for the court trial and civil compensation.


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