Year: 2001 Source: Burns, v.27, no.3, (May 2001), p.227-231 SIEC No: 20011550

The 34 cases of suicide by self-immolation admitted to the Institute of Forensic Medicine, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, during a 50-year period (1947-1997) were investigated. The nature of this phenomenon in relation to sex, age of the victims, location of the suicides, & combination of methods used is discussed. Finally, the distribution, extent & characteristics of the lesions are considered from a forensic point of view. (23 refs.)