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July 9, 1904


Author Affiliations

Medical Director of the Union Central Life Insurance Company. CINCINNATI, OHIO.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(2):121-123. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500020002f

The alarming increase of suicide in recent years in this country is sufficient warrant for calling your attention to the subject to-day. The gifted editor of the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Upton, recently contributed some statistics to the Independent illustrating this lamentable fact. He showed that in twelve years there have been over 77,000 suicides recorded in the United States, the number increasing annually from about 3,500 in 1891 to 8,600 in 1903. Doubtless many cases failed to reach public knowledge, and doubtless many others recognized as suicides were officially reported under other causes of death. Had all these been noted properly, without doubt our country would show a loss at this time of fully 10,000 a year from self-destruction.

The Medical News1 of New York says: "There have been 50 per cent. more suicides in Chicago in 1903 than in 1902." The same journal states that in Philadelphia for 1902