Year: 1968 Source: Journal of Forensic Sciences, v.13, no.1, (1968), p.46-54 SIEC No: 19820023

This article discusses the problems with certifying deaths as suicides because of ambiguous guidelines & the stigma attached to suicide. The author suggests categorizing by outlining various degrees of suicide, for example: (a) 1st degree – planned; (b) 2nd degree – impulsive; (3) 3rd degree – accidental, lack of intention; (d) Lack of capacity for intention due to mental illness or intoxication; (e) Self-negligence – e.g. reckless driving. Case histories are provided. (VM)