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Physicians' Personal Problems
More physicians die in the United States by suicide than by automobile accidents, plane crashes, drownings, and homicide combined. The physicians' suicide rate is double the suicide rate for all white Americans. Dr. Mathew Ross, professor of psychiatry at the University of Rhode Island, reported on the problem at the fifth World Congress of Psychiatry.
Alcohol plays a large role in these suicides, said Dr. Ross. Among physician suicides, alcoholism was associated with 40% and drug abuse with 20%. . .with depression a very frequent precursor. Depressed doctors,...
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