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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 52) Last page : ( 56)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00011.2

Medico-legal Evaluation of Death due to Poisoning

Awasthi PM1,*, Dev R2, Verma S2, Pathak A2, Bajpai A3, Bharti A3, Kumar A3

1Assistant Professor & Head Post Graduate, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur

2Assistant Professor, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur

3Post Graduate Trainee, Post Graduate, Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur

*Corresponding author: Awasthi PM Assistant Professor & Head Post Graduate Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, GSVM Medical College, Kanpur. Mobile Number- 9452760672. Email: contactpuneet73@gmail.com

Online published on 8 February, 2019.

Abstract

Fast growth in science and technology and rapid development in farming and manufacturing sector has led to boost in the occurrence of poisoning, taking away a lot of precious human life. The chemical substances developed to protect the agriculture products from rodents and pests, to save the human beings from starvation, are themselves becoming a threat for the human life. Trends of poisoning had been continuously changing throughout the world with advent of new agents. The objective of this study was to find out the incidences and pattern of poisoning in this area. The study included all the cases of suspected poisoning brought to GSVM Medical College and LLR & associated hospital's mortuary, Kanpur (U.P) from July 2015 to June 2017. A total of 7648 medico legal post mortems were performed during the study period. Among (7.6%) cases were death due to poisoning. Male victims (63.1%) outnumbered females (36.9%) and maximum numbers of cases (32.2%) were in the age group 21–30 years. Majority of the poisoning cases belong to the urban area (57.1%) and most of the victims were married (71%). Maximum number of poisoning death have been reported in the month of June (14.4%) followed by March (13.5%). Organophosphorus compounds were the most common agent responsible for poisoning with (24%) followed by organochlorine compounds with (18%).

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Keywords

Medico-legal aspect, Autopsy, Poisoning.

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