Year: 1963 Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, v.184, no.12, (June 1963), p.924-929 SIEC No: 19820004

This article discusses the uncertainty involved in classifying a death a suicide. This is particularly difficult when victim’s intention is ambivalent, when the self-destructive action itself is inconclusive, or when death follows the action after a considerable delay. Investigation of 100 such cases is reported with illustrative examples. The authors assert that the present classification may obscure the contribution an individuals make in their own death.