G. BIRKHEAD, M.D., M.P.H.; R. L. VOGT, M.D.; S. G. PARREN, M.S.
To the editor: We appreciate the eloquent interest in the health of the citizens of our state expressed by Dr. Donze in the Ad Libitum section of the April issue (1). Indeed, Vermont has a high suicide rate when compared with the United States as a whole. In 1983, the latest year for which national data are available, Vermont's age-adjusted suicide rate was 13.3/100 000 while the national rate (2) was 11.4/100 000 overall and 12.2/100 000 for whites, perhaps a fairer comparison given Vermont's racial and ethnic makeup. Vermont has the second highest suicide rate in the eastern United
G. BIRKHEAD, R. L. VOGT, S. G. PARREN. Vermont's Suicide Rate. Ann Intern Med. 1986;105:308. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-2-308
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(2):308.
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