Year: 1989 Source: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, v.53, no.6, (November 1989), p.512-521 SIEC No: 19910146

Accidental electrical injuries are quite common, but suicide attempts by electrocution are rare & are scarcely mentioned in the medical literature. The author describes the case of a male nurse who unsuccessfully attempted suicide by applying a 5,165 volt cardiac defibrillator to his head. The author also reviews the electrophysiology involved & discusses the psychodynamics that prompted this action.