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Methods used for suicide vary between regions in the developing world

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:259
  1. Vikram Patel, Senior lecturer,
  2. Athula Sumathipala, Senior registrar (
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF

    EDITOR—Eddleston et al point out that deliberate self harm and suicide are serious public health problems in developing countries.1 We agree with their suggestions aimed at reducing the mortality associated with organophosphorus and pesticide poisonings, but it is important to note the considerable variation in the methods used for suicide between regions in the developing world, and even greater variations between people attempting and completing suicide.

    In India self immolation and hanging …

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