Year: 1977 Source: Hospital Practice, v.12, no.11, (November 1977), p.73-81 SIEC No: 19840345

Studies have shown that the majority of suicides consult physicians within weeks or even hours before their deaths. The author spells out the questions that can identify well-defined prodromal symptoms and details the differences between truly suicidal persons and those who are primarily suicide “attempters”. Guidelines are given for dealing with drug overdose, the method used by four out of five attempters, mainly young women.