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The role of forensic pathology in suicide.

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Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, The University of Adelaide, Frome Rd, Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia, byard.roger@saugov.sa.gov.au.

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Name: Forensic science, medicine, and pathology
ISSN: 1556-2891
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