December 1973

Female Genital Self-Mutilation

Author Affiliations

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

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.