Man eats own finger in strange case of self-cannibalism

A NEW Zealand case in which a man amputated, cooked and ate his own finger was an unusual case of self-cannibalism, occurring in the absence of psychosis, a psychiatrist says.

The report, in Australasian Psychiatry, was one of only eight documented cases of self-cannibalism in the world, the authors said.

The incident, which occurred in 2009, involved a 28-year-old man who cut off his little finger before cooking it in a pan with vegetables in an apparent bid to get doctors to take him more seriously.

He had planned to repeat the act the