Special Issue "New Trends in Forensic Investigation of Charred Bodies"

A special issue of Hospitals (ISSN 2813-4524).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 320

Special Issue Editors

Legal Medicine Unit, Department of Public Health and Pediatric Sciences, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: forensics; forensic medicine; medical ethics and law; autopsy; legal medicine; forensic pathology
Legal Medicine Section, Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional Imaging, University of Messina, Via Consolare Valeria, 1, 98125 Messina, Italy
Interests: forensic pathology; forensic immunohistochemistry; forensic microbiology; forensic radiology; virtopsy; legal medicine; sudden cardiac death; criminology; violence and abuse; clinical risk management; healthcare security and safety; medical liability
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Dr. Giovanni Cecchetto
Guest Editor
Department of Cardiological, Thoracic, Vascular Sciences and Public Health, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Interests: forensic pathology; forensic histopathology
Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Unit of Legal Medicine, University of Bologna, Via Irnerio 49, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: forensic pathology; forensic toxicology; forensic radiology; crime scene investigation
Department of Legal and Forensic Medicine, University of Genova, 16132 Genova, Italy
Interests: forensic pathology; autopsy; legal medicine; medical liability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue follows the international seminar entitled “The Charred Corpse” (“Il Cadavere Carbonizzato”) held in Bologna, Italy, in December 2022 and organized by the Italian Forensic Pathology Group (Gruppo Italiano di Patologia Forense, GIPF). Invited speakers, including outstanding international guests, illustrated the challenges encountered facing cases dealing with fire and charred bodies. In particular, the following topics were discussed: crime scene investigation, forensic pathology, morphological findings, macroscopic and microscopic, and identification of the cause of death; forensic radiology; estimation of the time since death and since fire exposure; identification of fire victims, considering forensic anthropology, genetics and odontology; and forensic toxicology.

Moreover, many oral communications about case reports and case series dealing with fire victims and burned bodies were presented during a dedicated session of the seminar. 

Based on the great interest demonstrated for the event, which accounted more than 230 attendees, this Special Issue entitled “New Trends in Forensic Investigation of Charred Bodies” will be dedicated to the following topics:

  • Crime scene investigation issues in fires;
  • Forensic radiology and imaging;
  • Forensic pathology, morphological macroscopic findings;
  • Forensic pathology, morphological microscopic findings and immunohistochemistry;
  • Time since fire exposure of the body and timing of death;
  • Identification issues;
  • Forensic toxicology.

All manuscripts invited by Guest Editors will be published free of charge, if accepted after peer review.

Prof. Dr. Giancarlo Di Vella
Dr. Elvira Ventura Spagnolo
Dr. Giovanni Cecchetto
Dr. Paolo Fais
Prof. Dr. Francesco Ventura
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • fire victim
  • burned body
  • charred corpse
  • crime scene investigation
  • forensic radiology
  • forensic pathology
  • forensic histopathology
  • time since death
  • identification
  • forensic toxicology

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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