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An epidemiologic study of the human bite

By John S Marr, Alan M. Beck, Joseph A. Lugo Jr.

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HUMAN BITES ARE A SERIOUS MEDICAL and surgical problem. A wide range of secondary consequences
have been documented in the medical literature, including deformity, amputation, infection, transmission
of disease agents, and psychosexual aberrations. Recognition of the human bite as part of the battered child
syndrome is also emerging. Each report in the literature, however, usually deals with only a specific problem
and is based on a single observation or only a small series of cases. As far as we know, no epidemiologic
study based on a large series of human bites has been previously reported.

We present the results of analysis of a large series of human bites by the time and place of occurrence and
the victim. We also consider the implications of the human bite as a public health issue of some significance.


Angel Tobey

Purdue University

Date 1979
Publication Title Public Health Reports
Volume 94
Issue 6
Pages 8
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1431741/pdf/pubhealthrep00132-0024.pdf
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Aggression
  2. Analysis
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Attacks
  6. Bites and stings
  7. Dogs
  8. Human behavior
  9. Human diseases and injuries
  10. Public health
  11. Studies