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Uruguayan Medical Journal

ISSN: 1688-0390

Vol.23 - Nº 3 - Set. 2007

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Force vest: a punishment and torment method used during the Colonial Era. An historic review and medical-legal considerations

Rev Med Urug 2007; 23: 203-206
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At the end of the XVIII Century on the occidental field of the Paraná and the Banda Oriental, force vests or retobo, began to be practiced. That local method of torture and execution provoked death by secondary mechanical asphyxia with thoracic or abdominal compression. Medicallegal

reasoning has confirmed the facts showed in the documents.