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Mole Bopping Table Game Mimics Modern Doctor’s Plight

May 9, 2008

The more symptoms (moles) a good doctor bops the better the doctor. However, the symptoms keep popping up causing a doctor to wiry and wonder if they are healing or vending.   Bam Bam down comes the pharma on the doctor’s desk as a rep scurries out as fast as entered. Time for another round until one wonders what happened to the healing arts and more seriously . . .

Physician suicide “an endemic catastrophe,” and many pledged to work to prevent the problem.

But the suicides have persisted. So the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has launched an educational campaign in hopes of making troubled doctors more willing to seek help.

The foundation, the American College of Psychiatrists and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a maker of antidepressant pills, paid for the program. It includes a documentary titled “Struggling in Silence” that begins airing on public television stations this week.

“It really has been swept under the carpet,” said Dr. Paula Clayton, the suicide foundation’s medical director.

The foundation says 300 to 400 doctors commit suicide each year, based on estimates from research, but that more studies are needed to get a more precise count.

Another estimate of 250 yearly comes from an online article by Dr. Louise Andrew and in American Medical News, an AMA publication. But a spokesman said the AMA doesn’t track doctor suicides because accurate numbers aren’t available.

Suicide figures in broader society are not completely reliable because suicide is often not given as the cause of death.

The overall U.S. suicide rate among men is four times higher than in women – about 23 per 100,000 versus about 6 per 100,000 in women, according to the most recent government data.

But among doctors, suicide rates are about equal for men and women.

Thomas Edison: “The doctor of the future will give no medicines but will interest their clients in the care of the human frame, diet, and the cause and prevention of disease.”

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