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Self-amputation of the ear: three men amputate four ears within five months.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8573057     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Four instances are presented of self-amputation of the pinna of the external ear carried out by three right-handed, white males between January 1993 and May 1993. The common characteristics of these subjects--two men with personality disorder and one with schizophrenia--are discussed and compared with other examples of self-mutilation involving the face and ears, including that of van Gogh. A survey of Australian and New Zealand prisons was conducted to determine the frequency of this form of self-mutilation within the last five years, and yielded only one other case. Connections exist between the amputees supporting the notion that self-mutilation is "contagious"; the relevance of this to issues of management is considered.
C J Alroe; V Gunda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1995 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-03-05     Completed Date:  1996-03-05     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
Rockhampton Base Hospital, Central Regional Health Authority, Queensland.
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MeSH Terms
Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis,  psychology
Ear, External / injuries*
Imitative Behavior
Personality Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*
Prisoners / psychology*
Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
Schizophrenic Psychology*
Self Mutilation / psychology*

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