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August 22, 2001

A Story About Suicide in the Arctic

Author Affiliations
  • 1Norton Sound Health Corporation, Nome, Alaska
JAMA. 2001;286(8):919. doi:10.1001/jama.286.8.919

To the Editor: In his A Piece of My Mind article entitled "Five Miles From Tomorrow," Dr Shah1 describes an elderly Inuit man who was seen at our clinic, and who was said to end his life by walking into the ocean. I remember well Shah's medical student rotation with us last year, and I enjoyed the week that we spent together. As his supervising physician during that week, I believe that his story deserves a response.