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WOUND, med. jur. This term, in legal medicine, comprehends all lesions of the body, and in this it differs from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. The latter only refers to a solution of continuity, while the former comprises not only these, but also every other kind of accident, such as bruises, contusions, fractures, dislocations, and the like. Cooper's Surgical Dict. h.t.; Dunglison's Med. Dict. h.t.; vide Dictionnaire des Sciences Medicales, mot Blessures 3 Fodere, Med. Leg. Sec. 687-811.
     2. Under the statute 9 Geo. IV. c. 21, sect. 12, it has been held in England, that to make a wound, in criminal cases, there must be "an injury to the person by which the skin is broken." 6 C. & P. 684; S. C. 19 Eng. C. L. Rep. 526. Vide Beck's Med. Jur. c. 15; Ryan's Med. Jur. Index, h.t.; Roscoe's Cr. Ev. 652; 19 Eng. Com. L. Rep. 425, 430, 526, 529; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.; 1 Moody's Cr. Cas. 278; 4 C. & P. 381; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 430; 4 C. & P. 446; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 466; 1 Moody's Cr. C. 318; 4 C. & P. 558; S. C. 19 E. C. L. R. 526; Carr. Cr. L. 239; Guy, Med. Jur. ch. 9, p. 446; Merl. Repert. mot Blessure.
     3. When a person is found dead from wounds, it is proper to inquire whether they are the result of suicide, accident, or homicide. In making the examination, the greatest attention should be bestowed on all the circumstances. On this subject some general directions have been given under the article Death. The reader is referred to 2 Beck's Med. Jur. 68 to 93. As to, wounds on the living body, see Id. 188.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Incised wounds of neck can be accidental, homicidal or suicidal whereas lacerated wounds are rarely suicidal in nature.
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A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as haemorrhage, inhalation of blood and an incised wound to the neck.
* An incised wound has sharp edges usually caused by objects like knives or scissors.
Ms Roughley told the jury: "In my opinion Andrew Hamilton is unlikely to have received the incised wound listed as number seven, which severed his carotid artery to his neck, while standing up.
of Cases Percentage Contusion 1 0.4 Laceration 7 2.8 Incised wound 3 1.2 Transfixation 1 0.4 No injury 238 95.2 Total 250 100 Table 9.
Messages no doubt in prior to the At yesterday's inquest, Mr Shannon's cause of death was recorded as an he intended his own life Nicola Jones, coroner incised wound to the neck.
Pathologist Dr Alexander Kolar told the hearing all three children had suffered a "large incised wound" to the throat.
Excess skin was trimmed of and incised wound was closed with simple interrupted sutures using nylon by providing drainage in the lower point.
A post-mortem gave his cause of death as haemorrhage, inhalation of blood and an incised wound to the neck.
Joseph Shannon At yesterday's inquest, Mr Shannon's cause of death was recorded as an incised wound to the neck caused by a sharp bladed weapon.