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According to the compilation by Frederick L. Hoffman which appeared in The Spectator of May 14, 1931, there were 6,440 deaths by suicide in 99 American cities in 1930. This yields a death rate from this cause of 20.0 per 100,000, the highest figure since 1915. On the basis of these statistics it is believed that the annual loss of life by suicide in the Continental United States must reach 18,000 to 20,000. The nation-wide industrial and business depression has undoubtedly played a large part in the increase in the total number of suicides for the past year. From the
SUICIDES IN THE UNITED STATES IN 1930. Ann Intern Med. ;5:232–233. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-2-232
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1931;5(2):232-233.
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