Year: 1974 Source: Journal of Maine Medical Association, v.65, no.2, (1974), p.32-33 SIEC No: 19870053

An examination of the Journal of the American Medical Association obituary notices of male physicians for the years 1966-71 revealed 645 deaths by suicide. Physicians had a higher suicide rate than the general white male population, up to 40% in the 35-70 age group. The physicians used drugs, especially barbiturates, as a method of suicide more often than the general white male population.