Thursday, August 14, 2014
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
The recent suicide of Robin Williams has led to a flurry of articles expressing concern about "suicide contagion" or the phenomenon of people committing suicide after someone famous or someone they know commits suicide. I have read some of these articles and it is probably a real phenomenon although it is of course mixed in with the more complicated topic of why people commit suicide in the first place and what would be involved in helping them so that they did not see the necessity to do so.
But this post is not about that. It is about a particular newsletter that is issued weekly: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Its all about death on a weekly basis, but God forbid you should use that word.