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The Syndrome of the Wrist Cutter
HAROLD GRAFF; RICHARD MALLIN
Am J Psychiatry 1967;124:36-42.
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Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Hahnemann Medical College Division of Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Henry Avenue and Abbottsford Road, Philadelphia, Pa. 19129

Medical student at Hahnemann Medical College

1967-68, American Psychiatric Association

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Many hospitals are experiencing an influx of patients who have made several suicide attempts through wrist slashing. A study was undertaken to learn the possible causes of such behavior. It suggested that the wrist slashers have a common behavior pattern stemming from early maternal deprivation and imbedded in inability to give and receive meaningful verbal communications. Therapy is directed at fostering more mature methods of giving and receiving love.

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