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J Epidemiol Community Health 63:862-863 doi:10.1136/jech.2008.086025
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  • Letter

Proposal of new ICD code for suicide by charcoal burning

  1. M Hitosugi,
  2. T Nagai,
  3. S Tokudome
  1. Department of Legal Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Hitosugi, Associate Professor, Department of Legal Medicine, Dokkyo Medical University School of Medicine, 880 Kita-Kobayashi, Mibu, Shimotsuga, Tochigi 321-0293, Japan; hitosugi{at}dokkyomed.ac.jp
  • Accepted 26 February 2009

Suicide—which claims over 1 million lives annually—is an important global healthcare issue, and examination of the impact of charcoal burning on overall suicide rates is required for effective prevention policies.1 2 Lin et al2 and Liu et al1 note that suicide by charcoal burning and other forms of gas poisoning (grouped together by the International Classification of Disease (ICD)) made up approximately one-quarter (24% in Hong Kong and 25% in Taiwan) of all suicides in 2002. However, the ICD …