Recent publications have noted a rate of suicide for women physicians
considerably higher than that for women in the general population. The
authors comment on some of the methodologic problems involved in this
research and discuss the interaction between affective disorder and suicide
as but a partial explanation of the higher risk of suicide among women
physicians. The authors conclude that a number of risk factors are involved
both in the relatively high lethality rate of some groups of professional
women and in the relatively low lethality rate of women in general.