Year: 1979 Source: Western Journal of Medicine, v.130, no.5, (1979), p.408-410 SIEC No: 19830570

Ripley reports on 14 suicides in a general hospital. While these persons had not threatened suicide, they were known to have symptoms of depression & to have some preoccupation with suicide. 7 patients had unfavorable prognosis but 7 had fair to excellent chances for recovery. Danger signals ranging from sadness to somatic delusions are well documented. He also documents high risk groups. He concludes that warmth, compassion & emotional commitment are significant in prevention of suicide.(GW)