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Nord Med. 1998 Jun;113(6):202-7.

[Causes of death and incidence of cancer in physicians and lawyers in Iceland].

[Article in Swedish]

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  • 1Islands universitet, Yrkesmedicinska avdelningen, Reykjavik.


A retrospective study is accomplished in Iceland to study whether mortality and cancer incidence among male physicians (1,210) were lower than those among men of the general population and lawyers (1,032). Overall mortality among lawyers was similar to that of the general male population, however, mortality among the physicians was lower than that of the general population and the lawyers, due to lower mortality for all cancers (SMR 0.73), cerebrovascular diseases (SMR 0.53) and respiratory diseases (SMR 0.54). The physicians had higher mortality for suicide committed by drugs, solid or liquid substances. Cancer was not as frequent among the physicians as among the lawyers, particularly for lung cancer, the SIR was 0.45, but the rates were higher for cancer of the colon and brain among the physicians than among others.

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