Death Due to Suicide in Medical and Surgical Wards

  • Jerónimo Saiz-Ruiz
  • José M. López-Ibor


The suicide of patients admitted to non-psychiatric wards of general hospitals is a relatively frequent happening. In the majority of these type of statistics, the amount of this type of fatality is superior to those occurring in psychiatric institutions. This is explained not only because the hospitalization brings with it a threat to the person’s health, but also because of loneliness due to the seperation from customary environment and family. Many times, the hospital staff is not able to substitute or at least compensate the need for affection and emotional stability of the patient, giving more attention to his physical well-being rather than the psychological one.


Pulmonary Tuberculosis Hospital Staff Emotional Stability Psychiatric Consultation Surgical Ward 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerónimo Saiz-Ruiz
    • 1
  • José M. López-Ibor
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro Ramón y Cajal and Ciudad Sanitaria Primero de OctubreMadridSpain

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