Year: 1969 Source: Archives of Environmental Health, v.19, no.4, (1969), p.518-520 SIEC No: 19840273

A survey of 3647 death certificates for members of the American Chemical Society revealed the relative frequency of suicide (11%) among 115 women to be much higher than expected. No excess occurred among men, suggesting that stresses underlying suicide may be unusual among women in this profession. Chemists who died by suicide often ingested cyanide, a readily available poison.