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Teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to take up smoking, US study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 19 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4471

How to understand self-harm

Self-harm is prolific and protean. Its self-deceptive, sadomasochistic manifestations include injuries, accidents, addiction, tattoos, body-piercing, promiscuity, infidelity, fanaticism, cruelty, crime, and violence. What should we do? We should understand that we all have both a life wish (libido) and a death wish (mortido). And we should be alert to the mortido, because it never rests, and it’s always with us. 

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 August 2015
Hugh Mann
New York, USA