Medicine: M.D. Suicides

Some crack under the strain

William Garcia was a successful California anaesthesiologist when his life began to disintegrate at 40. He had a serious automobile accident, then marital problems surfaced, leading him and his wife to separation and divorce. Feeling depressed and guilty, Garcia turned to drugs. He checked into a psychiatric hospital in Arizona but stayed only six weeks before returning to California—and to drugs. Although he managed to keep practicing medicine, his professional reputation suffered. At 42, totally strung out on narcotics and with his career in ruins, Garcia checked into a motel and deliberately overdosed on heroin.

Garcia's suicide attempt...