Year: 1998 Source: 13p. SIEC No: 19980601

Epidemiological reports often contend that the physician suicide rate is no higher than that of white males in America. The low risk of divorce among physicians has been neglected as a possible suppressor effect in this work. This paper addresses this question using data from 143,885 deaths. The results indicate that when controls are introduced for gender, ethnicity, & marital status, physicians are 2.45 times more likely to die by suicide than the rest of the working population. (24 refs.)