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J Forensic Sci. 1999 Jan;44(1):123-7.

Problems in mass-disaster dental identification: a retrospective review.

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Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology Department, Louisana State University School of Dentistry, New Orleans, USA.


A wide variety of problems may prevent or hinder a dental-identification (ID) team in its efforts to identify mass casualties. Since these problems have been infrequently reported in a comprehensive manner, the authors identified and summarized these problems to increase the awareness of dental-ID team members and to prepare them for future mass-disaster missions. The authors analyzed 50 mass disasters--ten in which the authors as members of military dental ID teams played a major role and 40 from the literature--and summarized problems that they confronted.

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