Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dentistry and its Role in Tsunami Identification

THEY are expecting the worst and will take some ''hong yew'' (medicated oil) with them.

This is to combat the smell when they examine the remains of tsunami victims in an effort to identify them.

The mission will be a first for some of the four volunteer dental surgeons who spoke to The New Paper before leaving for Phuket. They form part of the second forensic team sent there by the Ministry of Health to help with the identification of bodies.

Said Dr Chiam Sher-Lin, 34: ''We felt a strong need to volunteer, even though most of us have not encountered a situation like this before.''

Dr Chiam is doing a course in forensic dentistry in Adelaide, Australia, and has seen her share of dead bodies.

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