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August 21, 1897

THE APPARENT INCREASE OF SUICIDE.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(8):394-395. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440340042009

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Abstract

The Spectator, a life insurance publication, gives the mortality from suicide in 1895 and 1896 in thirty of the chief cities of this country containing nearly ten million inhabitants or a little over 50 per cent, of the total urban population of the country. The statistics are reliable, having been carefully compiled, and they show that the number of suicides increased from 1,826 in 1895 to 1,999 in 1896, or 9.5 per cent. The estimated average annual increase of population in these cities is only 4.6 per cent., or less than half the increase in the suicides. Of the thirty cities, only nine showed a decrease or a stationary figure, which, allowing for the normal increase of population, is the same thing as a decrease; and it is noteworthy that among these were several of the largest centers of population, as Chicago, Brooklyn, Cincinnati and St. Paul. In New York

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