Year: 1995 Source: International Journal of Legal Medicine, v.108, no.3, (1995), p.150-153 SIEC No: 20101163

Suicides in Baranya County, Hungary between 1983-1987 were investigated with regard to biodemographical aspects. There were 1056 suicides with the rate being higher in villages than towns. Suicide rates increased with age. Analysis of interviews with relatives showed that 20% of elderly males could not cope with their losses & found no way out except suicide. Severe alcohol abuse was found in 165 cases. Most of the victims had contacted a doctor & received some treatment immediately before death or not long before. The authors recommend developing the knowledge of practitioners & health care personnel working in this field. (10 refs.) JA