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The economic crisis and suicide

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 15 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1891

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Concerns about the current economic crisis and suicide are evocative of a
haunting film called “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?" in which a dispirited
contestant in a Depression-era dance marathon commits suicide, after learning
that the marathon is a cruel hoax, and that the winner receives no prize
money. As the specter of a looming worldwide depression, the current
economic crisis is an important reminder that poverty is ubiquitous and ruins
many lives. For too many people, life is a compulsory lottery with great
advertising but no prizes.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 May 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA