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January 19, 1889

LETTER FROM PARIS.

JAMA. 1889;XII(3):100-101. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400800028007

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Abstract

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Suicide of a Monomaniac—Multiple Wounds—The Cœsarean Operation in Germany versus Induced Premature Labor in France—Saving the Infants —Linear Electrolysis in Urethral Stricture—Camphorated Naphthol.

Dr. Langier lately brought to the notice of the Academy of Medicine an extraordinary case of suicidal monomania. It was that of a woman, æt. 63, who was found dead in her room, without any trace indicating struggle or the intervention of a murderer. The wounds to which this woman had succumbed were so numerous and of such nature, that it seemed at first impossible to believe that she had inflicted them herself. The autopsy demonstrated on the contrary in the most manifest manner, that it was not a case of assassination, but suicide. Dr. Langier established on the body, independently of twelve cuts involuntarily inflicted on the palm of the right hand, 142 wounds by a sharp and cutting instrument, 136 were

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