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Wound ballistics: an introduction for health, legal, forensic, military and law enforcement professionals

29-07-2008 Film Ref. V-F-CR-F-00943

This DVD explores the impact on human tissue of bullets from rifles and handguns, as well as fragments from explosive weapons – an area of study known as wound ballistics. Designed for instructional purposes, the film has been made for a range of specialist audiences.

Health professionals, who treat people wounded by weapons, will benefit from a better understanding of the physical process of wounding. Lawyers need a good grasp of wound ballistics to promote rules limiting the use of force and prohibiting certain bullets. Forensic experts require an understanding of wound ballistics when presenting evidence in court about cause of death.

The accompanying brochure is intended to further enhance understanding of the film’s content. It includes a useful glossary of terms, additional technical information and a summary of pertinent international legal texts.

Wound ballistics: table of contents and additional information  (PDF file/785 k)     


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  • Copyright: ICRC
  • Release year: 2008
  • Running time: 37 min
  • Languages available: English, French, German
  • Type of product: DVD
  • Price: CHF 10.-
  • Reference: V-F-CR-F-00943

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