Distress symptoms may be easy to missBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.717/a (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:717
- John Last, emeritus professor of epidemiology. (email@example.com)
- University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5, Canada
EDITOR—MacCorquodale's young woman with a wart on her nose was trying to transmit a distress signal on an unusual wavelength.1 Whenever I hear of a suicide, especially an unexpected one, I wonder whether one of us in our profession failed to receive, or recognise, such a signal.
The suicide I have had on my conscience for 45 years was of a young man, an …