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Title The Contribution of Forensic Odontology in the Highland Towers Condominium Disaster
Author(s) Sharifah F. Alhabshi, Pharabhakaran Nambiar
Journal Annals of Dentistry (ISSN 0128-7532)
Volume 2, No 1
Year 1995
Keywords Forensic Odontology, disaster, identification, age determination.
Abstract An apart:mentcomplexcollapsedin Malaysiakilling48 peopletrapped inside.Thedentaldisastervictimidentificationteamcomprisingofofficers fromtheKualaLumpurGeneralHospital,ArmedForcesandtheDental Faculty,UniversityofMalayaplayedaveryactiveroleintheidentification process.Mostof the bodieswerebadly decomposedand somegrossly disfigured.Problemswereencountereddue toinadequatefacilitiesand equipmentsatthemortuary.Difficultieswerealsoencounteredduringthe procurement and deciphering of information from dental records. Suggestionshavebeenmade to improvefacilities,expertiseand alsoto createawarenessamongst dentists to ensureproper recordingof their patients'dentalstatus.
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