Looking for pyromania: Characteristics of a consecutive sample of Finnish male criminals with histories of recidivist fire-setting between 1973 and 1993

@article{Lindberg2005LookingFP,
  title={Looking for pyromania: Characteristics of a consecutive sample of Finnish male criminals with histories of recidivist fire-setting between 1973 and 1993},
  author={Nina C Lindberg and Matti Mikael Holi and Pekka Tani and Matti E Virkkunen},
  journal={BMC Psychiatry},
  year={2005},
  volume={5},
  pages={47 - 47}
}
BACKGROUND As pyromania is a rare diagnosis with questionable validity, we aimed to describe a forensic psychiatric population of arson recidivists. METHODS The medical records as well as the forensic psychiatric examination statements of 90 arson recidivists referred for pretrial psychiatric assessment in Helsinki University Hospital Department of Forensic Psychiatry between 1973 and 1993 were reviewed. RESULTS The most important diagnostic categories of arson recidivists were personality… CONTINUE READING