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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

On-line version ISSN 1988-611XPrint version ISSN 1135-7606


ROMERO PALANCO, JL.  and  GAMERO LUCAS, JJ.. Consummated suicide in the legal jurisdiction of Huelva. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2005, n.39, pp.5-9. ISSN 1988-611X.

In this paper we report the incidence of suicide committed in the Legal Jurisdiction of Huelva during the year 2001. The rate of suicides per 100.000 inhabitants was 8.66 with a proportion of 2.4 men for every woman. The marital status of those of either sex who committed suicide is analyzed, as well as their average age. Significant differences of age was found between men (39.6) and women (65.2). The distribution of suicides by month and day of the week is also analyzed, the greatest incidence of suicides occurring during the second quarter of the year and, in general, at the weekends. Hanging, the most employed method (41.18%), was chosen exclusively by men, followed by jumping from a height (23.53%) and the use of toxic substances (17.65%). 58.8% of those who committed suicide had a psychiatric history, having been diagnosed a depressive syndrome in 90% of the cases. 29.4% of suicide victims had made previous suicide attempts and in half of these cases the number of attempts had been more than two.

Keywords : Legal Medicine; Forensic Pathology; Consummated suicide.

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