An Unusual Suicide Case: Suicide by Thrusting a Screwdriver Into the Head

Celikel A., Teyin M., Balci Y., Canogullari G.

TURKIYE KLINIKLERI TIP BILIMLERI DERGISI, vol.29, no.3, pp.757-760, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.757-760
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Suicide, considered in society as an assault on human dignity, is the intentional ending by an individual of his or her life. Common methods of suicide include hanging, the use of guns, falls from height and the self-administering of psychoactive and toxic substances. In addition, to these, the use of explosives and sharp pointed instruments for stabbing purposes may also be encountered. On occasion, a combination of methods may be applied in a suicide. In this study, the case of a 64 years-old-male with a background of psychological illness who took his own life by thrusting a screwdriver into his head 14-15 times was presented in detail as an unusual suicide method, The case is submitted as only on initial inspection of the location and characteristics of the wounds, homicide might not be considered as the manner of death.