Medicine: Suicide

From the statistical mills of the World Health Organization last week came official confirmation of the near-obvious: Berlin, East & West, now leads the world in cases of suicidal despair. In 1950 (the latest year for which WHO has figures in most instances), 43 out of every 100,000 men in Greater Berlin killed themselves, 33 out of every 100,000 women.

In West Germany, by contrast, the rates were only 27 per 100,000 for men and 12 for women. Some other countries with high rates: Austria, 34 men and 15 women; Denmark, 32 and 15; Switzerland, 35 and 13. Japan had...

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