The aim of this paper is to describe the characteristics of medicolegal autopsies of violent deaths in northern Norway over a period of 20 years.
On request by the police, 1446 violent deaths were examined - 82.6% males and 17.4% females.
The mean age was 40.2 years (range 0-98).
The most frequent violent manners of death were suicides (24.9%), deaths caused by motor vehicle traffic accidents (18.6%), accidental poisoning (11.5%) and boating incidents (8.4%). Homicides and involuntary manslaughter came to 4.4% and 1.7%, respectively, whereas in 11.4% of cases the manner of death was unknown.
The five most frequent causes of death were blunt injury (31.4%), drowning (17.4%), suffocation (11.8%), firearm (11.3%) and poisoning (10.5%). In 3.5% of the cases the cause of death was unknown.
The spectrum of the manner of death and the cause of death in a subarctic population is discussed with reference to legislation, practise of request and information given by the police.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mort, Violence, Norvège, Europe, Etude longitudinale, Cause, Suicide, Accident, Meurtre, Autopsie, Médecine légale, Arctique, Anatomopathologie, Homme, Typologie, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Death, Violence, Norway, Europe, Follow up study, Cause, Suicide, Accident, Murder, Autopsy, Legal medicine, Arctic Region, Pathology, Human, Typology, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0224543
Code Inist : 002B30A10. Création : 11/09/1998.