This HND piece examines a mostly hidden story: Physician suicide. Conservative estimates put the figure at around 400 per year, and that works out to losing the student body of an entire med school annually. Most experts think the real numbers are a good deal higher.
Of course, it's no secret that ever since Medicare, and certainly since health care became a subsidiary of the insurance industry, being a physician is not what it used to be. Throw into the mix rapacious plaintiff's lawyers, and it's not a pretty picture. Then there's the matter of depression, which is also in play—only those docs affected can't do much about it, since merely seeking treatment for depression can affect licensure status.
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