Berton Roueche, who originated the New Yorker's popular Annals of Medicine series, shot himself to death at his home, police said Friday. He was 83.
Roueche was found in patio chair with a shotgun wound of the head.
Roueche's wife, Katherine, said her husband had been suffering from emphysema and was depressed. He had been discharged from Southhampton Hospital a day earlier.
The medical writer joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1944. His last story appeared more than three years ago.
In addition to his work for magazine, Roueche wrote 20 books.