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May 18, 1970

Suicide Attempt by a 10-Year-Old After Quadruple Amputations

Author Affiliations

From the Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention, National Institute of Mental Health, Chevy Chase, Md.

JAMA. 1970;212(7):1211-1212. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170200075018

A 10-year-old boy who underwent quadruple amputation for Waterhouse-Friderichsen's syndrome attempted suicide. The attempt followed a 48-hour period immediately after surgical removal of his last remaining extremity. The failure of attending and house staff to visit and reassure the boy during this time was a direct manifestation of continuous interservice discord concerning the amputations.