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MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE

following points should be
taken into consideration when
reporting on a person who
alleges to have his tooth
knocked out: —

1.    The    condition    of    the
neighbouring  and other  teeth
as to  whether they  are firm,
shaky, or diseased.

2.   The number of the teeth
present in each jaw.

3.    The    condition    of    the
socket of the missing tooth, as
to whether there is any stump
left   if   a   tooth   is   fractured,
whether there is any bleeding
and whether there is any lace-
ration.

4.    The condition of the lips
and gums as regards the pre-
sence of injury.

5.    If a tooth is sent with the
injured   person,   it   should   be
examined to ascertain if it cor-
responds to the missing tooth.
Its fangs should be especially
examined to find out if frac-
ture or dislocation has occur-
red.   After    examination    the
tooth should be returned in a
sealed   packet   to   the   police
constable    accompanying    the
injured person.

NECK

Wounds of the neck are
mostly incised and rarely
punctured. In India, they are
more often homicidal than
suicidal and rarely accidental.
They are supposed to be in-
stantly fatal, if the large
bloody vessels, such as the
carotid arteries and jugular
veins of the neck are cut, but
this is not always so, as some
cases have been recorded in
which persons ran a certain
distance after the carotid arte-
ries as well as the internal
jugular veins had been cut.
Haemorrhage from the sever-
ance of a small vessel, such as
the superior thyroid artery,
may cause death, if immediate
Surgical aid is not available.

Fig. 124.—Nose and ears of a man cut off by
dacoits :  Front view.    (Dr. Manglik's case.)

Fig. 125.—Nose and ears o£ a man cut off by
dacoits: Side view.    (Dr. Manglik's case.)