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July 27, 1940

Miscellany

JAMA. 1940;115(4):326. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810300066038

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Abstract

TOTAL OF SUICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES EXCEEDS 300,000 FOR 1920-1938  Suicides in the United States totaled more than 300,000 during nearly two decades covered in a report for the years 1920 to 1938 inclusive just issued by the Division of Vital Statistics in the U. S. Bureau of the Census. The exact total was 300,580 suicidal deaths.The death rate for suicides ranged from 10.2 per hundred thousand of estimated population in 1920, the first year covered in the report, to 15.2 per hundred thousand of estimated population in 1938. The rate for 1938 was the highest since the heavy depression period of 1930 to 1933 inclusive. The highest rate for all years covered in the report was 17.4 in 1932. The next highest rate was in 1931 with 16.8. The rate for 1933 was 15.9 and for 1930 it was 15.7.Of the states, Nevada reported the highest

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