Opinion: When doctors commit suicide, it's often hushed up

The Washington Post, July 15, 2014

An obstetrician is found dead in his bathtub; gunshot wound to the head. An anesthesiologist dies of an overdose in a hospital closet. A family doctor is hit by a train. An internist at a medical conference jumps from his hotel balcony to his death. All true stories. What are patients to do? When they call for appointments, patients are told they can't see their doctor. Ever. The standard line: "We are sorry, but your doctor died suddenly." In most towns, news spreads fast no matter how veiled the euphemisms.


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