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edicine, Science and the Law > Volume 49, Number 3 > Pp. 207-212
Med Sci Law 2009;49:207-212
doi:10.1258/rsmmsl.49.3.207
© 2009 British Academy of Forensic Science

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Autopsy findings of suicidal deaths committed by firearms in Ankara, Turkey
Gurol Canturk MD PhD

Ankara University Faculty of Medicine, Forensic Medicine Department,
Ankara, Turkey

Nergis Canturk M

Institute of Forensic Medicine, Ministry of Justice, Morgue
Department, Ankara, Turkey

Aysun Balseven Odabasi MD

Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Forensic Medicine
Department, Ankara, Turkey

Zerrin Erkol MD.

Abant Izzet Baysal University Faculty of Medicine, Forensic Medicine
Department, Bolu, Turkey

Memnune Bosgelmez Dt

Institute of Forensic Medicine, Ministry of Justice, Morgue
Department, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence: Associate Prof. Gurol Canturk, Ankara University,
School of Medicine, Forensic Medicine Department, Tip Fakültesi Adli
Tip, 06340 Ankara-Turkey Email: canturk@medicine.ankara.edu.tr

The purpose of this study was to examine autopsy findings from
suicidal deaths using firearms in Ankara, Turkey, and to compare the
results with those reported from other studies.

We retrospectively evaluated suicidal deaths by firearms referred for
autopsy to the Morgue Department, Institute of Forensic Medicine,
between 2002 and 2004. Results were subjected to discriminant analyses
using SPSS 11.5 package program.

One hundred and fifteen cases (83.3%) were male, the ratio of male to
female was 5 to 1 and the mean age was 31.96 years (range:12-85
years). Forty cases were aged between 12 years and 20 years, 28 were
aged between 0 and 18 (20.29%). One hundred and thirty-three cases
(96.4%) had one bullet entry and five cases (3.6%) had two bullet
entries. Out of 143 bullet entries, 116 (81.12%) were caused by
gunshots fired from contact or near contact range. Regarding bullet
entry sites, 103 (72.03%) were on the head with 56 (54.37%) located on
the right temporal region.

Gunshot related crimes are an increasing cause for concern in Turkey.
However, a simple preventive measure may prevent the suicidal deaths
of many young people.