Medicine: How Doctors Die

During 1923 the deaths of 2,750 physicians were recorded in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Although the sources of its statistics make it seem likely that the figures are accurate, the Journal adds 2% for delayed reports and possible omissions, making the total reported num-ber 2,621. Forty physicians died under 30 years of age; 703 between 61 and 70; 513 between 71 and 80; 218 between 80 and 90; 33 between 91 and 100 and one lived to be 102. The greatest number of deaths for a given age occurred at 68...