Physician Suicide

The Psychiatrist’s Role
  • David W. Preven


Suicide, a tragic consequence of physician impairment, looms in its seriousness because of its finality. In addition to the personal loss, it denies society of the contributions of one of its highly trained and needed members. Disturbing to lay persons and professionals alike is the realization that physicians, revered as caretakers of others, can care so little for themselves. This chapter contains a description of the scope of physician suicide, an outline of some of the special problems which are pertinent and some suggestions for management.


Suicide Rate Female Physician Suicidal Patient Male Physician Tragic Consequence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David W. Preven
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryAlbert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva UniversityBronxUSA

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