Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorGrech, Joseph L.-
dc.identifier.citationGrech, J.L. (1976). Medico-legal infant deaths in Malta (1956-1971) : with special reference to “cot deaths”. In Scritti in onore di Cesare Gerin : nel 30. anno di insegnamento universitario. S.l.: s.n.en_GB
dc.description.abstractMedical practitioners in Malta are not legally authorised to complete the certification of death if this is sudden and unexpected, or if it is the result of violence or poisoning, or if poisoning is suspected. If there is any suspicion of foul play in any form the death also falls under the same legal provisions. There are no exceptions to this rule, and the age of the subject is no consideration. Such deaths are therefore reported to the police authorities who refer the case to the Magistrate. An inquiry into the death is held by the Magistrate, and a medico-legal autopsy forms an integral part of this investigation in all instances. During the last 16 years, 1956-1971, there were 148 deaths among infants, 2 years of age and under, that were the subject of medico-legal inquiry in Malta, with a population of about 33o,ooo, and an average population density of 2,700 per square mile. Of these deaths 35.8 per cent were unexpected, and the infants were found dead in their cot. They are here being referred to as “cot deaths”. This is the first study of infant deaths in Malta. It is based on a retrospective analysis of the causes of these deaths, to evaluate these causes, and to investigate the association of crime with infant destruction. This survey includes a study of the problem of “cot deaths” or the “sudden infant death syndrome” (S.I.D.S.) and to record the epidemiology of such deaths.en_GB
dc.subjectMedicine -- Legal aspectsen_GB
dc.subjectInfants -- Mortalityen_GB
dc.subjectSudden infant death syndromeen_GB
dc.subjectMedical jurisprudenceen_GB
dc.titleMedico-legal infant deaths in Malta (1956-1971) : with special reference to “cot deaths”en_GB
dc.rights.holderThe copyright of this work belongs to the author(s)/publisher. The rights of this work are as defined by the appropriate Copyright Legislation or as modified by any successive legislation. Users may access this work and can make use of the information contained in accordance with the Copyright Legislation provided that the author must be properly acknowledged. Further distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the prior permission of the copyright holder.en_GB
Appears in Collections:Melitensia Works - ERCMedPed

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Grech_Joseph L_Medico-legal infant deaths in Malta.PDF
  Restricted Access
4.86 MBAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

Items in OAR@UM are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.