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September 26, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(13):991. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670130053023

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Suicide in Germany  During the war, suicide in Germany decreased, but in 1922 the incidence rose again to 21.9 per hundred thousand population. In 1923, there were 13,228 cases of suicide, or 21.4 per hundred thousand, which is 91 per cent, of the rate for 1913 (23.5).Previous to the war, the percentage of suicide—both sexes together—showed a slow steady increase, but with the opening of the war and up to 1918 there was a decrease. After the war, the rate rose rapidly and has recently hovered around 21 per hundred thousand population. The changes differentiated according to sex are even more significant than the fluctuations of the general rate. The incidence of suicide among men, which is considerably higher than the rate for women and therefore has a decisive effect on the fluctuations of the general rate, was about 12 per cent, lower following the war than the rate

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