TY - JOUR

T1 - A set of tables representing Henssge's two-exponential equations of postmortem rectal temperature

AU - Kozawa, Shuji

AU - Yukawa, Nobuhiro

AU - Kuroki, Hisanaga

AU - Saito, Takeshi

AU - Takeichi, Sanae

PY - 2004

Y1 - 2004

N2 - Marshall proposed a two-exponential equation of body cooling for the estimation of postmortem intervals. However, use of this equation did not become as widespread as deserved, perhaps because it was too complex to be manipulated without a computer. Henssge was later able to simplify the equation by revising the method by which two of the constants were determined. He then devised a nomogram allowing the simplified equation to be solved, which is now regarded as one of the most practical methods for estimating postmortem intervals. However, this method remains slightly inconvenient as it involves carefully marking lines on the nomogram sheet. In this paper, we describe tabulation of the simplified equation using Microsoft Excel. Each table represents body cooling at a given ambient temperature of 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, and 33°C. In each table, rectal temperatures are given as functions of postmortem intervals for different body weights, allowing approximate postmortem intervals to be easily read off. An Excel spreadsheet for solving the simplified equation is also shown.

AB - Marshall proposed a two-exponential equation of body cooling for the estimation of postmortem intervals. However, use of this equation did not become as widespread as deserved, perhaps because it was too complex to be manipulated without a computer. Henssge was later able to simplify the equation by revising the method by which two of the constants were determined. He then devised a nomogram allowing the simplified equation to be solved, which is now regarded as one of the most practical methods for estimating postmortem intervals. However, this method remains slightly inconvenient as it involves carefully marking lines on the nomogram sheet. In this paper, we describe tabulation of the simplified equation using Microsoft Excel. Each table represents body cooling at a given ambient temperature of 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, and 33°C. In each table, rectal temperatures are given as functions of postmortem intervals for different body weights, allowing approximate postmortem intervals to be easily read off. An Excel spreadsheet for solving the simplified equation is also shown.

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M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84874009671

SN - 0302-0029

VL - 70

SP - 46

EP - 58

JO - Acta Criminologiae et Medicinae Legalis Japonica

JF - Acta Criminologiae et Medicinae Legalis Japonica

IS - 2

ER -