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Nervenarzt. 2008 May;79(5):604-6. doi: 10.1007/s00115-008-2431-4.

[Attempted suicide by snake bite. Case report and literature survey].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie der TU München, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Ismaningerstrasse 22, München, Germany.


Unusual suicide attempts often remain undetected, and bizarre methods can be a clue to psychotic origin. We report a suicide attempt by proxy--the bite of a puff adder--and provide a brief literature survey about further archaic self-injurious behaviour. Due to the easy availability of venomous snakes and the close networking of suicidal patients via the Internet, an increase in similar cases can be anticipated. A failed suicide attempt should always be considered in patients surviving bizarre accidents.

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