Editorial  |   December 2018
Remaining Healthy in a World Where We Treat the Sick Every Day
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  • N. Martin Giesecke, M.D.
    Editor, ASA Monitor
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Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Endocrine and Metabolic Systems / Ethics / Medicolegal Issues / Patient Safety / Sleep Medicine / Editorial
Editorial   |   December 2018
Remaining Healthy in a World Where We Treat the Sick Every Day
ASA Monitor 12 2018, Vol.82, 4-5.
ASA Monitor 12 2018, Vol.82, 4-5.
As a physician anesthesiologist, it is likely that each of us knows of a colleague who has taken their own lives. Among physicians, anesthesiologists are reported at high risk, and male anesthesiologists reign as the highest-risk population of physician suicides. To me, besides being a sad statement on the overall health of medicine, it is such a horrendous waste when a physician ends his or her own life. These individuals have given up so much of their time studying to enter medical school, to graduate with a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy and to complete their specialty (and maybe subspecialty) training. It is a waste when one of our colleagues becomes a substance abuser, loses their spouse, their family, their profession. It is sad that in our society, our profession, such opportunity is squandered; another life lost.
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