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Anand Bosmia Christoph J. Griessenauer R. Shane Tubbs

Abstract

Yubitsumeis the ritualistic self-amputation of the proximal digits at the distal interphalangeal joint (DIP) among members of the Japanese mafia, or yakuza.  This practice of self-mutilation is done as a sign of apology for making a mistake deemed punishable by higher-ranking members or violating the code of the yakuza.  Members of the yakuza may present to emergency departments seeking medical assistance to stop hemorrhage following self-amputation or to have the severed portion of the injured finger reattached. © 2013 KUMS, All rights reserved

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BOSMIA, Anand; GRIESSENAUER, Christoph J.; TUBBS, R. Shane. Yubitsume: ritualistic self-amputation of proximal digits Among the yakuza. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 54-56, oct. 2013. ISSN 2008-4072. Available at: <http://jivresearch.org/jivr/index.php/jivr/article/view/489>. Date accessed: 17 dec. 2017.
Keywords
amputation; digits; Japan
Section
Commentary

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