Hanging may destroy life in three ways: by dislocating the neck; by compressing the windpipe and suspending respiration; by compressing the jugular veins and producing apoplexy.

Treatment

Artificial respiration must be resorted to; bleeding from the jugular vein if the face be turgid; cold water may be dashed on the face and chest. If it can be obtained, a current of galvanism may be passed from the nape of the neck to the pit of the stomach.