In his book "Suicide and attempted suicide", Geo Stone writes this about cutting the femoral artery as a suicide method:
"FEMORAL ARTERY AND VEIN. The femorals are the main arteries and veins to and from the legs. As you might expect, they carry a lot of blood, and an untreated cut to either one is quickly fatal.
And about wrist cutting:
They tend to sever the surface veins. Since these veins are not particularly large and do not carry as much pressure as the arteries, such cuts are not usually lifethreatening.
Wrist cuts become more dangerous:
1. If the cuts are more or less parallel to the long bones.
2. If cuts are deeper and near the long bones of the forearm (the thumbside
long bone is the radius; the other long bone is the ulna), they may sever
the radial artery or the ulnar artery. These pieces of plumbing are under high
pressure and CUTTING THEM CAN BE FATAL UNLESS THE BLEEDING IS ACTIVELY STANCHED.
3. If cuts are numerous.
4. If clotting is inhibited."
Of course, a lot attempts fail with this method, but if done correctly (take aspirin, cut deep, drink alcohol, do it in a water filled bathtub) it seems to be a fairly reliable method.But he writes about both methods:
"an untreated cut to either one is quickly fatal." (femoral)
CUTTING THEM CAN BE FATAL UNLESS THE BLEEDING IS ACTIVELY STANCHED. (ulnar and radial artery)
What do you think about this method and do you have more material or information on this method?