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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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P. LINARES, Braulio Ernesto  and  BIKIC, Félix Antonio. Suicidio por salto al vacío. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 1995, vol.11-12, n.2-1, pp.36-38. ISSN 2215-5287.

Suicidal tendencies are associated with loneliness, lack of psychological attention during childhood, drug addiction, serious illness, etc., In psyciatric patients, it is more frequent shortly after they are dismissed from the hospital. In Argentina, the suicide rate increased by 25% from 1990 to 1992, and 78% of the victims are males. The proportion that jumped to death increased, particularly inurban areas. In 40 Argentinian cases there was a basalpenetration of the femur (25%), fracture of the calcaneus bone (17%), fracture of pelvis o femur cervix (7%) and explosion of the liver (20%).

Keywords : Suicide; fall; jumping; Argentina; symptoms.

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