To the Editor: The terrorist attacks in the
United States on September 11, 2001, caused significant medical and psychiatric
morbidity, particularly in Manhattan, and acutely disrupted the lives of people
around the world.1 However, little research
has examined the effects of September 11 outside the United States. We hypothesized
that the attacks influenced rates of deliberate self-harm, a complex behavioral
phenomenon that includes deliberate self-poisoning. We conducted an ecological
analysis of poisonings in the days immediately following September 11 in a
population geographically removed from the events.
Detsky ME, Sivilotti MLA, Kopp A, Austin PC, Juurlink DN. Deliberate Self-Poisoning in Ontario Following the Terrorist Attacks
of September 11, 2001. JAMA. 2005;294(15):1897–1901. doi:10.1001/jama.294.15.1900
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