Physician suicide – why?

Aasland OG. General Hospital Psychiatry 2012, published online Nov 2. In printed edition: Gen Hosp Psychiatry 2013; 35 (1): 1-2.

Editorial in English. Abstract not available on Pubmed.

Physician suicides evoke more public interest than other suicides. Is this because physicians are expected to be superhuman, impeccable and flawless? Do some patients perceive a physician suicide as the ultimate proof of total sacrifice and devotion? Or could it be because physicians, as we know, have higher suicide rates than other professional (and nonprofessional) groups and, therefore, become more visible?

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