The Forensic Investigation of Gunshot Wounds with a Special Emphasis on Cranial Defects
McCue, Anne M.
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With the increasing awareness of gunshot-related deaths over the past few decades, science has responded with increasingly more accurate and technologically advanced tools for the investigation of all the contributing factors related to gunshot wound creation. From a medicolegal standpoint, a careful analysis of such aspects as direction of fire, differentiation between entrance and exit wounds, bullet caliber size, and intermediate targets and ricochets can allow for a more accurate re-creation of a firing incident. This paper explores the current research published on these issues, with a corresponding emphasis placed on gunshot wounds as occurring in the cranium, in the hopes of promoting awareness of the special role medicine has in the legal and criminal realms.