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Reading the bones: Forensic analysis and interpretation of bone trauma

When: Tuesday, 30 August 2016 - Tuesday, 30 August 2016
Where: Off campus
The Orbit, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein
Start time:23:00
Cost: R20

Can we tell whether a bone fracture is due to a fall or a beating?

What is the importance of healed fractures in child abuse investigations? How do we distinguish between blunt and ballistic bone trauma? How can bone fractures indicate a particular cause and manner of death?

In this episode of Science & Cocktails Johannesburg, forensic anthropologists Ericka L'Abbé and Steve Symes will discuss the foundational principles used to evaluate traumatic injuries to bone and provide an overview of bone trauma and bone trauma analysis in the forensic sciences.

Through a series of case studies, they will explain how injuries associated with falls from heights, child abuse and beatings are described, interpreted and applied in a medico-legal context.


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