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A case of self-inflicted craniocerebral penetrating injury
  1. G James,
  2. C J Blakeley,
  3. K Hashemi,
  4. K Channing,
  5. M Duff
  1. Emergency Department, Mayday University Hospital, Croydon, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 C J Blakeley
 Emergency Department, Mayday University Hospital, Croydon, London, UK; christopher.blakeley{at}

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