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Gunshot Deaths in Geneva, Switzerland: 2001 to 2010

La Harpe, Romano MD; Mohamed, Nadja Ben; Burkhardt, Sandra MD

American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology:
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e318288b221
Original Articles

Abstract: We have conducted a retrospective study of all gunshot deaths that occurred in Geneva, Switzerland, over a 10-year period (2001–2010). The 133 cases reviewed were classified according to the manner of death, that is, suicide (106 cases), homicide (25 cases), and accident (2 cases). Various data from police authorities and the medicolegal examinations of the bodies were studied, including the age and sex of the victims, location of the event, type of firearm used, concomitant use or nonuse of alcohol and/or other drugs, seasonality, and entry site. These various elements were compared with data found in the literature.

Author Information

From the Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale, Geneva, Switzerland.

Manuscript received August 17, 2012; accepted December 5, 2012.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Romano La Harpe, MD, Centre Universitaire Romand de Médecine Légale, rue Michel-Servet 1, CH-1211 Genève 4, Genève, Switzerland. E-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.