Year: 1980 Source: The Journal of Trauma, v.20, no.5, (May 1980), p.370-377 SIEC No: 19820271

This article details the cases of 18 New Mexico patients with self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the face. Amost all were young males, 14 patients were Native American, & 16 patients were intoxicated at the time of injury. The precipitating conditions were usually interpersonal conflict or acculturation difficulties. The effect of different guns is described, as well as reconstruction effects. Subsequent suicide attempts have been uncommon. (VM)