The Book Morgue

"What we find in the late stages of decomposition is not simply blood within the distended vessels; it is a fluid - no longer blood - which represents a mixture resulting from the decomposition of the blood and the tissues, and this is found outside the vessels and within what is left of the tissues or in tissue spaces. Shortly after the onset of decomposition the coloring of the red cells is dissolved out, and this fluid passes through the walls of the small vessels, which are partly decomposed, and actually stains the tissues..."

-- From Post-Mortem Examinations, William S. Wadsworth, MD, 1916



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