Journal Published Online: 01 July 2001
Volume 46, Issue 4

An Unusual Case of Suicide by Means of a Pneumatic Hammer



We describe an extraordinary case of a 49-year-old man who committed suicide by using a pneumatic hammer. As an industrial accident was initially assumed, difficulties in determining the manner of death are discussed. In addition, the ability to perform activity and evidence of a protracted agony in a situation of extensive cerebral destruction are considered. To our knowledge, no such case of suicide has ever been reported.

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De Letter, EA
Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
Piette, MHA
Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
Pages: 4
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Stock #: JFS15078J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15078J