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Diatoms – A study on its Temporo-spatial Variations with Special Reference to Temperature and Salinity

Publication Type : Journal Article

Thematic Areas : Medical Sciences

Publisher : . J South India Medico-legal Assoc

Source : J South India Medico-legal Assoc , vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 14 - 21, 2014.

Campus : Kochi

School : School of Medicine

Department : Forensic Medicine

Year : 2014

Abstract : Diatom investigation has invited a lot of criticisms and controversies in the diagnosis of drowning. Distribution of diatoms widely varies between different water bodies depending on the various parameters of a water body. A diatom test must demonstrate the same type of diatoms in similar concentrations between the internal organs and putative drowning medium. This often fails due to contamination of a living person with diatoms. Further, it is complicated with seasonal or temporo-spatial variations. This is because monthly variations in the types of diatoms that predominate the putative drowning medium positively or negatively influences the results of a diatom test done at a later time after the event of drowning. © 2014 South India Medico-Legal Association. All rights reserved.

Cite this Research Publication : Anu Sasidharan, B, U., S, R., KR, S., and Pillay V. V., “Diatoms – A study on its Temporo-spatial Variations with Special Reference to Temperature and Salinity”, . J South India Medico-legal Assoc , vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 14 - 21, 2014.


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