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Dr. Kortright has recently presented this subject in the Brooklyn Medical Journal, bringing out some very impressive and suggestive facts. He made a study of the mortuary records of four hundred and fifty physicians who lived and died in New York and Brooklyn, and the vicinity, during the past eight years. As the surroundings and climate were alike generally, the facts are of unusual interest. The average age of death was 54.6 years, and the mortality was 25.53. This mortality is only exceeded by saloon keepers, butchers, quarrymen, and poor factory operatives. Clergymen have a mortality of only 15.93, and lawyers 20.23, so that the practice of medicine is far more hazardous and perilous as an occupation.
Among the causes of death, suicide is four times more common among physicians than other adult males. This includes many cases of accidental poisoning, such as an overdose of some drug used by
MORTALITY AND CAUSES OF DEATH IN MEDICAL MEN. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(24):941. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430240031004
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