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Slice of Death

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Various newspapers and dates, 1853 through 1911. As I was saying yesterday, it's a mystery to me why so many suicides seemingly went out of their way to select hard, horrible ways out at a time when an overdose of opiates was an over-the-counter item. Case in point: the baffling popularity of cutting one's own throat. Folks, it happened every damned day of the week. Nobody kept stats back then, but I swear it must have been one of the Top 10 methods of felo de se around the turn of the century.

The only thing to be said in favor of this method of self-deliverance was its high failure rate, and yet it's very hard to interpret a failed bid as a "cry for help."
Why and when did it fall out of favor? Is it just that nobody has a straight razor at hand anymore? Because, granted, it would take a lot of determination to get the job done with a Gillette Mach 3.
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