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The science behind the quest to determine the age of bruises—a review of the English language literature

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dc.contributor.author Langlois, N. E.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-08T20:01:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-08T20:01:23Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Langlois, N. E. (2007). The science behind the quest to determine the age of bruises—a review of the English language literature. Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology, 3(4), 241- 251. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.communitychildhealth.co.uk/cp/downloads-5/files/langlois.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1934
dc.description.abstract Bruises are common injuries that can have medicolegal significance. There are those that maintain it is not possible to estimate the age of bruises. However, appreciation of the biological processes related to the resolution of a bruise suggests that these may provide information regarding the age of a bruise. Potential methods for determining the age of bruises--visual observation, colorimetry, spectrophotometry and histology--are reviewed. The observation of yellow (not orange or brown) indicates a bruise is not recent, but the abilities of visual observation are limited by the physiology of the human eye. Analysis of spectrophotometric data may provide more useful and objective information. Histological examination may be appropriate only in the postmortem situation. The lack of published information limits this as a tool for estimating the age of bruises. It is not known how the wide range of factors that can influence bruise formation and resolution could affect estimation of bruise age. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology en_US
dc.subject bruise en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject Spectrophotometry en_US
dc.subject histology en_US
dc.subject pathology en_US
dc.subject color perception en_US
dc.title The science behind the quest to determine the age of bruises—a review of the English language literature en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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