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Increase in adult body weight in coronial autopsies: an impending crisis?

Roger W Byard and Maria Bellis
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (3): 195-196.
Published online: 6 August 2007

To the Editor: Obesity in adults presents significant issues for health care providers, including practical problems in transporting and accommodating large individuals, and in performing standard tests and investigations.1 However, this issue has been little addressed in the mortuary setting, although a recent media report detailed the need for larger crematorium furnaces to accommodate oversized coffins, as well as larger graves for burials.2

  • Roger W Byard1
  • Maria Bellis2

  • 1 Discipline of Pathology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Forensic Science SA, Adelaide, SA.


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