November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 21, 2006 - Psychology - 640 pages
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Written with the same graceful narrative voice that made his bestselling National Book Award finalist The Big House such a success, George Howe Colt's November of the Soul is a compassionate, compelling, thought-provoking, and exhaustive investigation into the subject of suicide. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews and a fascinating survey of current knowledge, Colt provides moving case studies to offer insight into all aspects of suicide -- its cultural history, the latest biological and psychological research, the possibilities of prevention, the complexities of the right-to-die movement, and the effects on suicide's survivors.

Presented with deep compassion and humanity, November of the Soul is an invaluable contribution not only to our understanding of suicide but also of the human condition.
  

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November of the soul: the enigma of suicide

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Though the adolescent suicide rate has fallen since 1991, 87 Americans still kill themselves on an average day. Such sobering statistics form the basis of this well-researched, readable, and even ... Read full review

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Parts of this book were very well done, parts were dated and/or downright silly. The best section was the historical overview of suicide and the last portion of the book relating to the anguish of survivors. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Preface to the First Edition
7
Justin
15
The Slot Machine
36
You Could Save a Life
111
The Rock of the Forefathers
129
He Is at Liberty to
144
It Is His Case It May Be Thine
158
A Fate Worse Than Death
361
Your Good End in Life Is Our Concern
392
The Limits Are Obscure and Every Errour Deadly
413
A Model Hemlock Couple
446
Merryl and Carl
455
The Mark of Cain
466
The Torture Chamber
477
The OerFraught Heart
487

Moral Medicine and Vital Statistics
177
Faith Hopelessness and 5HIAA
191
THE RANGE OF SELFDESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR
207
Treatment
312
Social Studies
340
Life or Liberty
352
The Jigsaw Puzzle
502
The Building Blocks
527
Merryl and Carl
535
Selected Bibliography
583
Copyright

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George Howe Colt is the bestselling author of The Big House, which was a National Book Award finalist and a New York Times notable book of the year, and November of the Soul: The Enigma of Suicide. †He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife, Anne Fadiman, and their two children.

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