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JAMA 100 Years Ago
July 16, 2008


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;300(3):340. doi:10.1001/jama.300.3.340

In recent years the problem of suicide has come to be looked on as a medical question, and this makes for real understanding of the situation as well as furnishing the best possible hope of its amelioration. It becomes important under these circumstances for the physician to know just what the situation with regard to suicide in this country is. In a recent article Mr. George Kennan1 has collected some valuable statistics that are probably the most authoritative figures on the subject at present obtainable and which, therefore, deserve consideration. Our annual suicide loss is enormous, for, according to Kennan, we are losing every year from this cause more than were killed on the Union side in the three great battles of Gettysburg, Spottsylvania and the Wilderness taken together.