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The Journal has previously noticed the communications published by Mr. Frederick Hoffman of the Prudential Life Insurance Company in the Spectator on the subject of suicides in the United States. In that journal, August 27, he gives a review of the suicide records of fifty of the principal cities in this country for 1902, with a comparison with the ten years preceding—1892 to 1901, inclusive. The record shows an increase in the rate during the year in twenty-eight towns, a decrease in twenty-one, and in one small town only was the ratio unchanged. The total gives the decided increase of from only twelve in 1890 to over seventeen per 100,000 of the population. Another table shows that the suicide rate has increased during the past thirteen years from twelve per 100,000 in 1890 to 1902. The gradual progressive increase would indicate that a still higher ratio may be reached in
SUICIDE IN THE UNITED STATES.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(13):791. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490320031008