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Attempted suicide by electrocution. Review and case report

Grumet, G.W.

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 53(6): 512-521

1989


ISSN/ISBN: 0025-9284
PMID: 2819293
Accession: 030220786

Accidental electrical injuries are quite common, but suicide attempts by electrocution are rare and 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 and discusses the psychodynamics that prompted this action.

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