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J Epidemiol Community Health 62:566 doi:10.1136/jech.2007.065771
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Problems in estimating the number of suicides by charcoal burning in Taiwan

  1. Jin-Jia Lin1,
  2. Lea-Hua Chen,
  3. Shiuh-Ming Huang,
  4. Tsung-Hsueh Lu2
  1. 1
    Department of Psychiatry, Chi-Mei Medical Center, Tainan, Taiwan
  2. 2
    Office of Statistics, Department of Health, Taipei, Taiwan
  3. 3
    Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  1. Dr Tsung-Hsueh Lu, Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, No1, Dah Hsueh Road, Tainan 701, Taiwan; robertlu{at}mail.ncku.edu.tw
  • Accepted 13 July 2007

We read with great interest Liu et al’s study.1 The aim of this response to Liu et al’s study is to illustrate some of the problems in estimating the number of suicides by charcoal burning in Taiwan. Using the number of deaths in category ICD-9 code E952 (suicide and self-inflicted poisoning by other gases and vapors) as an estimation of the number of charcoal burning suicides …