The Physical Consequences of Self-Poisoning by the Elderly
Proudfoot A T~~Wright N
An attempt to clarify the causes of the higher mortality from suicide in the elderly has been made by comparing the physical consequences of acute poisoning in 131 patients over the age of 65 years with those in 956 younger adults. No difference in mortality was found though the incidence of complications was greater in the older age group. There was no evidence that the elderly were more susceptible to barbiturates or that they took larger overdoses of these drugs.