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Article
December 1973

Female Genital Self-Mutilation

Author Affiliations

London
From the Department of Psychological Medicine, Guy's Hospital, London. Dr. Simpson is currently with the Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(6):808-810. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200060080012
Abstract

Repeated genital self-mutilation in a woman is described, associated with episodes of anorexia, bulimia, and a wide range of actingout behavior. This is discussed in the light of two cases previously reported in the literature and another case reported earlier, but little recognized. The relations between a possible syndrome of female genital self-mutilation, self-mutilation in general, and the dysorexia syndrome are explored.

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