Published Online: 1 January 1983
Page Count: 5
Deputy Coroner Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, Detroit, MI
Trace evidence technician, Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office, Cleveland, OH
(Received 8 May 1982; accepted 22 June 1982)
The following case report describes an accidental stabbing that occurred on Halloween. The unwitting victim, while preparing for a holiday charade, stabbed himself with an ornamental dagger. By placing himself in a potentially hazardous situation, the victim's behavior entailed risk taking. The psychological implications of such risk taking are complex, and may be compared to such behaviors as russian roulette, gambling, and parasuicide.
Paper ID: JFS12262J