The report refutes a long-held perception that suicide is a risk of the profession, according to the study's author, Dr. Roger E. Alexander of Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas.
"The media portrays dentists and other health professionals as being at risk for suicide," Alexander
Most numbers dealing with this are old and not relevant today, Alexander
said, because the profession has changed from strictly white-male to one that encompasses an influx of women and immigrants.
The dental suicide myth was traced by Alexander
to a 1933 study and was broached and repeated in the 1960s, when several articles noted that dentists, attorneys and/or physicians had 2½ to 5½ times the overall suicide rate of other white-collar workers.