A report on Cadaver and Maggot

Corpses of Parisian Communards
Maggots feeding on an opossum carrion
Timeline of postmortem changes (stages of death).
Maggots on a porcupine carcass
Cadaver in Refrigerator in the Forensic Medicine at the Charité Berlin
Maggots from a rabbit.
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt shows an anatomy lesson taking place in Amsterdam in 1632.
Embalmer at work
Railings used to protect graves from body snatchers
Burke Murdering Margery Campbell

1) The first stage is autolysis, more commonly known as self-digestion, during which the body's cells are destroyed through the action of their own digestive enzymes. However, these enzymes are released into the cells because of active processes ceasing in the cells, not as an active process. In other words, though autolysis resembles the active process of digestion of nutrients by live cells, the dead cells are not actively digesting themselves as is often claimed in popular literature and as the synonym of autolysis – self-digestion – seems to imply. As a result of autolysis, liquid is created that seeps between the layers of skin and results in peeling of the skin. During this stage, flies (when present) begin to lay eggs in the openings of the body: eyes, nostrils, mouth, ears, open wounds, and other orifices. Hatched larvae (maggots) of blowflies subsequently get under the skin and begin to consume the body.

- Cadaver

The presence and development of maggots on a corpse are useful in the estimation of time elapsed since death.

- Maggot
Corpses of Parisian Communards

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