Physician Suicide Cases and Commentaries

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Author: Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, M.D.
Affiliation: University of California at Davis, Sacramento, CA
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN 10: 1615371699
ISBN 13: 9781615371693
eISBN: 9781615372133
Edition: 1st
Employing a series of realistic, though fictional, cases, Physician Suicide explores the culture of medical training and practice and how this interacts with the stressors and illnesses that impact physicians over the course of their professional lives. The book examines how the related disorders of burnout, anxiety, depression, and addiction, can lead to suicide and explores the influence of gender, culture, aging, and personal resilience on outcomes. In addition, it investigates ways to mitigate the impact of these factors to improve physician health and well-being and thereby reduce the number of physicians who kill themselves. The case studies are detailed and compelling, allowing the reader entry to the lives and thought processes of the fictional subjects. In addition, concise literature reviews accompany each case, and more detailed reviews are supplied for readers who wish to explore further. The author has undertaken his study of suicide among physicians in hopes that the current culture and organization of medical education, organization, and practice will change, offering future practitioners a healthier, more supportive professional environment. Physician Suicide should be required reading not just for psychiatrists, psychiatry trainees, and other mental health clinicians, but for all physicians and medical students.
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