Differences in the number of autopsies and causes of death between the months of Ramadan and control months and between two cities, Ankara and Bursa in Turkey

Canturk N., TÜRKMEN EROL N. , Canturk G., Dagalp R.

Medicinski Glasnik, vol.10, no.2, pp.354-358, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Title of Journal : Medicinski Glasnik
  • Page Numbers: pp.354-358


Aim To investigate differences in the number of autopsies and causes of deaths affected by spiritual factors and concentration during Ramadan and to compare the results from two cities, Ankara and Bursa. Methods Autopsies performed in morgue departments of the Council of Forensic Medicine, Ministry of Justice, in Ankara and Bursa during Ramadan and non-Ramadan (control) months between 2003 and 2006 were retrospectively investigated for age, sex, cause of death, manner of death and blood toxicological analyses. Results The number of autopsies was significantly higher in Ramadan months than in the control months in Bursa, but low and insignificant in Ankara. A significant decline in traumatic deaths was observed during Ramadan (p< 0.05). Conclusion During Ramadan, while rates of homicidal deaths displayed a relatively steep decline in females, the rates of homicide were increased in males. This might be due to a decrease in natural deaths and accidents. To make further comments, conducting studies evaluating detailed socio-demographic features and assessing relevant psychological states of the victims can be beneficial.