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"Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared"

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Aired on Monday, July 31st.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, a discussion of doctors and suicide in America today. Our guest is the psychiatrist and author, Dr. Michael Myers, a Brooklyn-based expert on this subject; his latest book is "Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned from Their Families and Others Who Cared." As was noted of this book by Dr. Carol A. Bernstein, a past president of the American Psychiatric Association: "In tackling one of the biggest medical challenges of our time -- physician depression and suicide -- Dr. Myers has combined his lifelong clinical experience as a 'doctors' doctor' with gripping anecdotes of families who have lost a physician loved-one to suicide. By vividly describing the context, the culture of medicine, the impact of stigma, and through the use of compelling personal narratives, Dr. Myers has opened the door to a topic that has been hidden in the shadows of shame and silence for decades. In addition to describing the problem, Dr. Myers offers practical solutions and reminds us all that we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and those we love."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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