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Self-embedding is a form of self-injury where foreign objects are inserted underneath the skin, and left either for a limited period of time or permanently.[1]


As early as 1936 the phenomenon was recorded when the child murderer Albert Fish was caught and executed. An X-ray of his pelvis revealed about 27 or 29 needles inserted into his groin; the image was used as evidence at his trial.[2]

In 2008, some teenagers were found in a study to be using this as a more extreme form of self-injury. The trend was first discovered by radiologists.[3]


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