This editorial discusses the case of Dr. Daksha Emson, a junior psychiatrist who took her own life & that of her 3-month-old daughter. The role of occupational health services was severely criticized during an independent inquiry which raised several questions about the purpose & functioning of such services. (3 refs.)
This study assessed differences between female psychiatrists & other physicians by using data taken from the U.S. national Women Physicians’ Health Study conducted in 1993-1994. Psychiatrists were found to be older, in poorer health, less likely to be married, more likely to be current or ex-smokers, & more likely to be politically liberal than were[…]
Please see SIEC #2005-2055 for the report this article refers to.
Report of an Independent Inquiry Into the Care and Treatment of Daksha Emson M.B.B.S., MRCPsych, MSc. and Her Daughter Freya
This article analyzes gender disadvantages for female physicians. The authors include a section on depression & suicide. They outline the studies on female doctors & suicide, & point out the bias towards blaming women instead of blaming the medical system. Systemic problems are identified within the institutions of medicine & psychiatry which compromise the development[…]
The response of the American Medical Association & of the American Psychiatric Association to suicide among its members is contrasted with the response of the American Psychological Association. It is suggested that an association should be concerned with suicide among its members & two proposals for the study of suicide among psychologists are suggested. (11[…]