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If a wound is “neatly incised” it is not a laceration

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 15 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1312
  1. C M Milroy, Senior lecturera,
  2. G N Rutty, Senior lecturera
  1. a Department of Forensic Pathology, Medico-Legal Centre, Sheffield S3 7ES

    Editor—In their short case report in Minerva, Mark Bailey and Chris Luke describe an injury to a finger as a neatly incised laceration and comment that the wound was caused by broken glass.1 A “neatly incised laceration” is a contradiction in terms. An incised wound is …

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