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Citation

Müller K, Gehl A, Ottens R, Püschel K. Arch. Kriminol. 2011; 228(3-4): 96-101.

Vernacular Title

Suizid durch allgemeine Unterkuhlung mit absichtlicher Teilentkleidung.

Affiliation

Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Universität Hamburg.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2011, Verlag Schmidt-Romhild)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

22039695

Abstract

Most cases of fatal hypothermia are accidental, often in connection with alcoholisation, homelessness, age-related confusedness and others. The phenomenon of paradoxical undressing may be observed. A paradoxical feeling of warmth in the advanced condition of hypothermia leads to the behaviour of undressing, partly or completely. Suicides with intentional hypothermia are rare. Fatal hypothermia often appears as a concomitant mechanism, e. g. in drug poisoning. The case report describes the fatality of a young woman dying from suicidal hypothermia. She was found partly undressed. This was part of her scheduled plan and not a consequence of paradoxical undressing.


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