STMSS39 – Dr Jeff Smith and Dr Michael Doidge – Historical Aspects of Military and Veteran Suicide

About Today’s Guests: 

Dr. Jeff Smith: Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  He has published historical analyses of military mental health, psychology, and suicide in academic journals and commentaries on his research in the New York Times, Time, and Washington Post; and has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, NBC News, Reuters, Stars and Stripes, and other media outlets.

Dr. Michael Doidge: Dr. Doidge is a contract historian working for the Department of Defense, where he writes on the history of U.S. military medicine. His work on the history of suicide in the military has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Washington Post. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not represent the official position of the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

JAMA Journal Article on Historical Aspects of Military Suicide

Visual Chart: Suicides Rates Among Active-Duty Personnel in the US Army, 1843-2017

Washington Post article: Can historical analysis help reduce military deaths by suicide?

Military Times article: Historic data on military suicide shows no clear link with combat operations

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