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The military physician is frequently confronted by patients who have made a suicide attempt. In an attempt to clarify the significance of these suicide attempts in the military, all patients who had made a suicide attempt in a nine-month period, and who were seen by the psychiatric staff of the U. S. naval Aviation Medical Center, were retrospectively studied N 42. The suicide group was compared on 35 demographic, historical, and clinical variables to two control populations 1 randomly selected psychiatric in-patients N 20 who did not make a suicide attempt 2 well-adjusted enlisted men seen for administrative screening evaluations N 30. The suicide group and the psychiatric control group were followed 9 to 18 months after initial psychiatric contact. All data were statistically analyzed. From these data emerged statistically significant guidelines for the evaluation, treatment, and disposition of suicidal patients by the military psychiatrist.
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