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August 30, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(9):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480350032005

In the Spectator, an insurance journal, for August 14, Mr. Frederick L. Hoffman, statistician of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, gives an analysis of the suicide record for the year 1901. His figures are taken from fifty cities, and show an average slight increase over the ratio for the preceding decade of nearly 1 per cent., from 15.7 to 16.6 per 100,000 population. He estimates, moreover, from the 1900 census figures of the suicide rate in the registration area of 11.8 per 100,000, that, taking the whole population of the United States as 79,000,000, and including both urban and rural districts, we have an approximate annual mortality by suicide of 10,000 in the country as a whole. Comparing the figures in the fifty municipalities by single years since 1890, it is shown that the increase has been a rather steady and gradual one, only varying by a slightly higher