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Correlations between the growth of hair and the trace element profile have been investigated by non-destructive neuron activation analysis through gamma-ray speetrometry using NaI(Tl) as well as Ge(Li) detectors. After preliminary investigations to establish the experimental errors, the effect of washing procedures and in-person variations, hair samples belonging to ladies with known case histories, particularly with regard to dietary habits, health and profession, were examined. Scalp-hair samplex 50–100 cm in length, representing an average time span of ∼5–10 years were collected by combing. Samples in their non-anagen phase, differentiated by their roots, were analysed in 10 cm sections. The concentrations of the following elements were determined: Na, Cl, Mn, Co, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Ag, I, Au and Hg. Absolute values for the concentrations are reported for most of the elements, while for the rest relative values for the various sections are given. The values for the different sections vary by large factors for many elements although for some elements, like Cu and Mn, the variations are not appreciable. The unusually large concentrations of elements like Se ang Hg are in broad agreement with the case histories. However, detailed examination of the results with regard to time-dependent variations seem to pose serious problems in the applications to forensic science.

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