Minerva Minerva


BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.798 (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:798

Women traditionally choose “soft” suicide methods—mainly intoxication (Forensic Science International 2001;124:178-81). Of the 238 cases of firearm suicides in Berlin over the past 10 years, women accounted for just 20. Women were more likely than men to have drunk alcohol but there were no sex specific differences regarding the type of weapon used or the location of the entry wound—the right temple.

The day of the week that you have a myocardial infarction has a greater effect than your clinical needs on how long you spend in hospital (Heart 2002;87:216-9). Looking at 2541 consecutive patients admitted to three coronary care units over a 12 month period, the authors found that patients admitted later than Tuesday were likely to spend up to four more days in hospital than those admitted on a Sunday or Monday. The main reason was that few patients were discharged at weekends.

Researchers in Queensland, Australia, have shown that there is some truth in the belief that the appearance of the umbilical cord is proportional to a baby's size at birth (Archives of Disease in Childhood, Fetal and Neonatal Edition 2002;86:140). In 96 consecutive healthy term infants the length and weight of the cord, excluding the first 5 cm from the infant's abdomen, was measured …

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