Year: 1978 Source: Medicine, Science and the Law, v.18, no.4, (1978), p.231-237 SIEC No: 19981194

An incident is reported in which 7 young garage employees consumed an antifreeze solution, mistaking it for cherry brandy. Within the succeeding few months, 11 persons were admitted to hospitals in the same locality having deliberately consumed antifreeze, 5 were fatal. Detailed information is provided for 6 cases – in four of these there had been one or more previous suicide attempts. Attention is drawn to the possible adverse effects of publicity given to unusual forms of death. (16 refs.)