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Resuscitation. 2003 Feb;56(2):129-33.

The physiology of sudden violent death.

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Unity Laboratory of Applied Neurobiology, 3 Merrow Dene, 76 Epsom Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 2BX, UK. hillmanh@breathemail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

The physiology behind sudden violent death is considered in the light of information from a wide variety of clinical, experimental, forensic and veterinary sources. Physiological causes can be classified under the headings of blood loss; asphyxia; electrocution; tissue loss; destruction of brain; disconnection of brain; and poisoning. Death, although sudden, is not necessarily instantaneous; asphyxia and electrocution take some time to kill the subjects.

CONCLUSIONS:

The chemistry of dying, death and changes post mortem, needs more research in order to design further rational resuscitation procedures.

PMID:
12589985
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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