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July 25, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(4):263-264. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480010049014

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Incited by a cable dispatch from London announcing a great increase of suicides among physicians in Great Britain, the Chicago Tribune reviews the records for the United States, and finds for the past twelve and onehalf years that a total of 519 physicians have committed self-murder. The average annual number is about 41, which has been exceeded six times in twelve years. The smallest number was 23, in 1891, while the largest number was 53, in 1893, a time, by the way, of great financial depression. A record for the first six months of 1903 indicates that the present year will probably be up to the average. The above figures, while not indicating such an increase as is reported from abroad, are sufficiently formidable as they are; they far exceed the average ratio of suicides in the general population, in this country at least, and are suggestive in many ways.

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