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December 13, 1965

Incidence of Suicides Among Physicians

JAMA. 1965;194(11):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090240091035

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To the Editor:—  The weekly lists of deaths in The Journal reveal a continuing high rate of suicide among physicians, many examples occurring at younger ages. Almost invariably there are two or more in the weekly lists. In the current issue of Nov 1, three deaths are recorded at ages 26, 31, and 58.British mortality statistics have pointed up this high rate for more than 50 years, and in the United States a high incidence has been stressed (New Eng J Med268:1278, 1963) among physicians, dentists, and attorneys. Among physicians generally, the highest segment involved is among psychiatrists.Are there valid explanations for this phenomenon?

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