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Distress symptoms may be easy to miss

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:717
  1. John Last, emeritus professor of epidemiology. (
  1. 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 …

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