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Nonpsychotic, nonparaphilic self-amputation and the internet. Compr Psychiatry 2005 Sep-Oct;46(5):380-3

Date

08/27/2005

Pubmed ID

16122539

DOI

10.1016/j.comppsych.2004.12.003

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-23944496102   40 Citations

Abstract

The literature suggests that self-amputation is an outgrowth of either psychosis or paraphilia. In the case we present, the patient was neither psychotic at the time of amputation, nor did he ascribe a sexual motivation for his act. Instead, he had a long-standing idea that being an amputee was a critical aspect of his identity. The patient used the internet to research the method for his amputation and sought support from individuals with the same desire via e-mail, web sites, and Usenet news groups.

Author List

Berger BD, Lehrmann JA, Larson G, Alverno L, Tsao CI

Authors

Bertrand D. Berger PhD Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Jon A. Lehrmann MD Chair, Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Carol I. Tsao MD, JD Associate Dean, Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Amputation
Hospitalization
Humans
Internet
Male
Middle Aged
Self-Injurious Behavior
Transsexualism