Method of self-harm and risk of self-harm repetition: Findings from a national self-harm registry

Background Risk of self-harm repetition has consistently been shown to be higher following self-cutting compared to intentional drug overdose (IDO) and other self-harm methods. The utility of previous evidence is limited due to the large heterogeneous method categories studied. This study examined risk of hospital presented self-harm repetition according to specific characteristics of self-harm methods. […]

Suicide by Hanging: Multicentre Study Based on Coroners’ Records in England

Repeated Self-poisoning: Increasing Severity of Self-harm as a Predictor of Subsequent Suicide

Planned Complex Suicide: Report of Three Cases

This article described three cases of complex planned suicide in which all of the victims used multiple methods. Investigation revealed psychiatric problems in all three cases. The scene investigation, the methods employed, the autopsy findings, & the interview with surviving relatives all pointed toward a suicidal etiology. (7 refs.)

Planned Complex Suicide: Report of two Autopsy Cases of Suicidal Shot Injury and Subsequent Self-Immolation

2 cases of planned complex suicide are presented. On the basis of the reported cases, a short literature review on planned complex suicides is given. The authors emphasize the importance of medico-legal investigations in such cases due to the otherwise unfathomable circumstances of death. (21 refs)

An Athlete Dies Young, but by his own Hand


An Unusual Suicide: the Importance of the Scene Investigation

The case of a 34-year-old man who committed suicide is presented. This case history describes an unusual suicide in which scene investigation was essential in assisting the authorities in determining the manner of death. (5 refs.)

Thiamylal: Review of the Literature and Report of a Suicide

A 28 year old white male medical student was found hanging. An intravenous infusion line leading from a bottle of thiamylal sodium (an ultrashort-acting barbiturate) was inserted into the antecubital vein of the left arm. Blood was analyzed for alcohol & other volatiles & for acidic, base & neutral drugs, only thiamylal was detected. The […]

Bizarre Suicides

The author states that it is their loss of ability to perceive alternatives and the desire to find the quickest solution to their problems that leads suicidal people to bizarre solutions to those problems. The bizarre suicides that he presents fall into the following categories: famous historical, suicide by ingestion, failed attempts, creative suicides, and […]

Psychiatrist Not Liable for Suicide Attempt of Patient Who Refused Hospitalization

What Will happen to Jane?

The author discusses the case of a 25 year old woman who has been admitted to hospital 49 times in 10 years for various self-destructive acts; the nursing management problems involved & how the medical model approach can perpetuate maladaptive behavior in someone whose problem is behavioral rather than psychotic. The hospital setting supplies the […]

A Case of Suicide Involving the Concomitant Intravenous Injection of Barbital and Oral Ingestion of Arsenic

The case history of a 51-yr-old male, who committed suicide by orally ingesting arsenic & intrvenously injecting barbital, is discussed. The authors state that this case demonstrates the value of a complete toxicologic evaluation in all such cases, including those in which a single lethal substance has been used & the route of administration is […]

Self-Poisoning With “Mandrax”

Twelve cases of “mandrax” overdose (7 females, 5 males) are described. Symptomatology included hyperflexia, hypertonia, clonus, muscle twitching, & lowered body temperature. Biomedical treatment is discussed.