"Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared"

Aug 14, 2017

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, a discussion of doctors and suicide in America today. Our guest is the psychiatrist and author, Dr. Michael Myers, a Brooklyn-based expert on this subject; his latest book is "Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared." As was noted of this book by Dr. Carol A. Bernstein, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association: "In tackling one of the biggest medical challenges of our time -- physician depression and suicide -- Dr. Myers has combined his lifelong clinical experience as a 'doctors' doctor' with gripping anecdotes of families who have lost a physician loved-one to suicide. By vividly describing the context, the culture of medicine, the impact of stigma, and through the use of compelling personal narratives, Dr. Myers has opened the door to a topic that has been hidden in the shadows of shame and silence for decades. In addition to describing the problem, Dr. Myers offers practical solutions and reminds us all that we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and those we love."