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Citation

Paulis MG, Faheem AL. J. Forensic Sci. 2016; 61(2): 559-561.

Affiliation

Egyptian Forensic Medicine Authority, Minia Office of Forensic Medicine, Minia, Egypt.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2016, American Society for Testing and Materials, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/1556-4029.12997

PMID

27404632

Abstract

Snake bites are common in many regions of the world. Snake envenomation is relatively uncommon in Egypt; such unfortunate events usually attract much publicity. Snake bite is almost only accidental, occurring in urban areas and desert. Few suicide cases were reported by snakebite. Homicidal snake poisoning is quite rare. It was known in ancient world by executing capital punishment by throwing the victim into a pit full of snakes. Another way was to ask the victim to put his hand inside a small basket harboring a deadly snake. Killing a victim by direct snake bite is so rare. There was one reported case where an old couple was killed by snake bite. Here is the first reported case of killing three children by snake bite. It appeared that the diagnosis of such cases is so difficult and depended mainly on the circumstantial evidence.

© 2015 American Academy of Forensic Sciences.


Language: en

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