Faith T. Fitzgerald, MD
Fitzgerald FT. The Death of House Officers. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:81. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-1-199901050-00036
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(1):81.
I cannot answer Dr. Hsu directly because I never read House of God; I had been told it mocked patients. A stressful internship might well increase the risk for suicide in someone who is depressed, but I question whether it is a cause of the depression leading to suicide in an individual without a predisposition to that state of despair. My speculation that Jeff's internship was not overwhelmingly influential in his suicide had to do with the fact that he was so short a time “in the trenches” and had been off for some time (with support) before his death.
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