Suicide: an Essay on Comparative Moral Statistics

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Appleton, 1882 - Suicide - 388 pages

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Page 16 - The certainty of the figures and the regularity of the progressive increase of suicide, from the time when statistics were first collected to now, is such, and so great, even in respect to countries different in race, religion, and number of inhabitants, that it is not possible to explain it otherwise than as an effect of that universal and complex influence to which we give the name of civilization.
Page 123 - the most frequent order in which the various religions follow each other is this: Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, and next in frequency come Protestants, Jews and Catholics
Page 126 - The religious apathy with which the present generation is afflicted does not arise from a reasoned enquiry into the laws of nature or a scientific appreciation of its phenomena; it is not in short a deep conviction of the mind, but springs from a physical inertia and from the little hold obtained by any ideas but such as are directed to material improvement and the gratification of ambition. To our mind therefore the great number of suicides is to be attributed to the state of compromise which the...
Page 374 - To develope in man the power of well-ordering sentiments and ideas by which to reach a certain aim in life; in short, to give force and energy to the moral character.
Page 29 - ... France it has nearly trebled. In England it showed a remarkable regularity for many years, averaging always about 66 per million, but in recent years the number has increased, until in 1891 it was 85 per million. Morselli, after careful examination of the figures, comes to the following conclusion: " Frequency of suicide shows a growing and uniform increase, so that, generally, voluntary death since the beginning of the century has increased, and goes on increasing more rapidly than the population,...
Page 361 - ... judge wrongly who think that the evils of civilized society, such as misery, disease, prostitution, madness, suicide, are accidental and avoidable...
Page 131 - ... frequency of suicide shows a growing and uniform increase, so that generally voluntary death since the beginning of the century has increased and goes on increasing more rapidly than the geometrical augmentation of the population and of the general mortality ? " Elsewhere he says, and his figures prove, that " it is those countries which possess a higher standard of general culture which furnish the largest contingent of voluntary deaths...
Page 72 - It is to be noted that suicide and madness are not influenced so much by the intense heat of the advanced summer season as by the early spring and summer, which seize upon the organism not yet acclimatised and still under the influence of the cold season.
Page 91 - ... social phenomenon has been laid at the door of the Teutonic race of northern Europe; one which even more than divorce is directly the concomitant of modern intellectual and economic progress. We refer to suicide. Morselli devotes a chapter of his interesting treatise upon this subject f to proving that " the purer the German race — that is to say, the stronger the Germanism (eg, Teutonism) of a country — the more it reveals in its psychical character an extraordinary propensity to self-destruction.
Page 152 - The relation between the number of suicides and the general economical conditions is demonstrated by the continuous growth of the former in the century which beyond all others has witnessed the development of commercial relations and the perfecting of the industrial arts by science. It seems almost as if the character of an epoch is reflected in...

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