Year: 1975 Source: British Medical Journal, v.3, no.5977, (1975), p.238-239 SIEC No: 19841224

This article examines the accuracy of suicide statistics & the role that the coroner has in judging suicide as cause of death in the United Kingdom. The author stresses the high degree of evidence needed to deem a death a suicide, citing that the Court of Appeal stated that suicide requires an intention to kill oneself which must be affirmatively approved. Social stigma associated with coronersÕ verdicts of suicide & relatives’ reactions to coronersÕ investigations are discussed. (9 refs) (SC)