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November 10, 1956

OBSERVATIONS ON BODY IMMERSED IN WATER FOR SIX YEARS

JAMA. 1956;162(11):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.72970280003011a
Abstract

There have been no previous cases documented in the medical literature with gross and microscopic findings on a body immersed in fresh water for six years. The purpose of this article is to describe in detail the findings in such a case. The legal aspects of this case are not considered here. The guilt or innocence of suspects is not properly the concern of medical authorities. A brief review of the background of this case is, however, necessary to indicate the circumstances that led to the discovery of the body and to provide substance for the statement that this body was that of the individual said to have been submerged in water six years before.

Two Italian partisans confessed to complicity in the murder of a U. S. Army officer in December, 1944. They claimed that he had been shot twice through the head with a Beretta pistol, after unsuccessfully

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