Year: 1987 Source: Crisis, v.8, no.2, (1987), p.125-137 SIEC No: 19880434

The question of somatic disease as a contributing factor in suicide has attracted much attention in the literature. This study investigates whether somatic illnesses are more common among suicidal than non-suicidal persons by using information from autopsies of 686 suicides at the National Forensic Laboratory, Stockholm for 1972-73. Conditions of special interest were: epilepsy, cancer, duodenal ulcer, menstruation, & pregnancy. The observed frequencies were lower than in the literature. (GW